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EU on mission to transform our world

Chairs appointed today to lead five EU Mission Boards will help spearhead the continent’s research and innovation response to the world’s biggest challenges.

The missions are part of Horizon Europe, the €100 billion R&I programme being built to advance solutions to problems including: ‘cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food’.

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, announced the five renowned experts that will chair the missions at an event in Finland earlier, where special advisor on mission driven science and innovation, Professor Mariana Mazzucato, also presented a new report: Governing Missions in the European Union; which Commissioner Moedas said will provide “further insights into how we make the missions a success”.

“This report asks what changes mission- oriented R&I requires in how we ‘do capitalism’ in both the public and private spheres so that our tools and instruments are as ambitious as the missions themselves,” Professor Mazzucato writes in the report’s foreword.

Further preparation for the launch of Europe’s R&I missions in 2021 will come in the form of ‘concrete targets and timelines’ due to be presented by the boards later this year.

The five: Ms Connie Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for Climate Action, for the mission on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation’. Professor Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, for the mission on ‘Cancer’. Mr Pascal Lamy, former Trade Commissioner and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, for the mission on ‘Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters’. Professor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, former Mayor of Warsaw, for the mission on ‘Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities’. Mr Cees Veerman, former Dutch Agriculture Minister, for the mission on ‘Soil Health and Food’.   

“I am excited to see the mobilisation of such high-profile people to help us solve our generation’s biggest challenges through research and innovation missions,” added Moedas.


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