Fast forward to 2019, and those seeds have grown into a strong European identity characterised by a culture of citizens and governments working together to overcome societal challenges.
The vast majority of Europeans are now focussed on tackling problems like the climate crisis; so the success of current plans for supporting innovation will undoubtedly be a big part of how future generations come to remember this similarly pivotal moment in history. One of these is Horizon Europe – from the European Commission – a €100 billion research and innovation programme. This mission-oriented approach of establishing clear goals and ‘specific targets’ will hopefully set Europe on a new path to securing its future in the face of immense pressures, in an era where collaboration – not competition – must be the big idea.
Happy #EuropeDay everyone.