Innovation At The Heart of NextGenerationEU

“The NextGenerationEU is more than a recovery plan. It is a once in a lifetime chance to emerge stronger from the pandemic, transform European economies, create opportunities and jobs. We can make this happen. We have the vision, we have the plan, and we have agreed to invest 750 billion euro together. It is now time to get to work, to make Europe greener, more digital and more resilient.” (Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission).

Next generation innovations and technologies are the major drivers behind the NextGenerationEU. It is clear that the EU finds itself in a pivotal moment. Now is the time to get to work, to make Europe greener, more digital and more resilient. Wherever they are in Europe, all innovators and entrepreneurs must be empowered to realize their full potential, for they are the active force powering the wave of the green industrial revolution. The NextGenerationEU fund needs to support ambitious innovation projects in various industrial ecosystems, in healthcare, for a sustainable food provision, the generation of green energy and clean mobility. The projects being funded are needed to secure a sustainable future for the planet and people. 

Maria da Graça Carvalho


Roland Strauss

Managing Director

Manuel Heitor

Minister of Science; Technology and Higher Education

Mariya Gabriel

EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
European Commission

Andrej Čuš

State Secretary; Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Brigitte Weiss

Head of Unit for International Technology Policy and Programs
Directorate General Innovation and Technology

Thomas Dermine

State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investment

Maria Kaisa Aula

State Secretary; Ministry of Finance
Finnish Government

Michele Quaroni

Ambassador - Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Brussels
Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union in Brussels

Teresa Riesgo Alcaide

Secretaria General de Ciencia; Tecnología e Innovación
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; Spain

Javier Ponce Martínez

Director General
Centro de desarrollo tecnológico e industrial (CDTI)

Dmitrijs Stepanovs

Deputy State Secretary for the Higher Education and Research; Ministry of Education and Science
Latvian Government

Dragoş Mihael Ciuparu, Prof.

Secretary of State for Research; Ministry of Research; Innovation and Digitalization
Romanian Government