Innovation and sustainable development. On September 1, the European Commission launched a call for ideas intended to collect citizens' opinions and suggestions on a whole series of issues linked to sustainable development in the broad sense - adaptation to climate change, fight against cancer, construction of cities.
Climate neutral and intelligent, good health of the oceans, soils and food.
The ideas collected will contribute to the design of the new Horizon Europe Missions, a new device under the next European Union program for research and innovation, the Commission said in a statement.
Inspired in part by the Apollo 11 mission, which set itself the goal of making man walk on the moon, the European research and innovation missions aim to provide answers to some of the greatest challenges of today hui, the press release explains.
They thus contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal for Europe, the European plan to fight cancer and to the achievement of the sustainable development objectives.
As part of the future Horizon Europe program, the missions will help define clear objectives and find solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges, which in turn will increase the effectiveness of funding for research and innovation, said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
For this we need citizens to express their point of view, make proposals and participate in the design and implementation of missions. Together we will make Europe healthier, greener and more resilient.
In June, mission committees, made up of independent experts, presented their first proposals for EU missions and throughout the summer, online events took place across Europe to gather priorities citizens.
The results of the latest call for ideas will be presented during the European Research and Innovation Days from September 22 to 24, the Commission said. The selected missions will be announced at the end of 2020 and will start in 2021.