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EU Missions are a new feature of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027. They are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our biggest challenges. They have ambitious objectives and will deliver concrete results in the near future.

The major impact of these missions is based on the strengthened role that research and innovation will play, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as greater involvement of citizens. This comprehensive approach inspires our action at Innogestiona.

They support Commission priorities, such as the European Green DealEurope fit for the Digital AgeBeating Cancer and the New European Bauhaus. For instance, Mission Climate is already a concrete element of the new Climate Adaptation Strategy, Farm to Fork, Beating Cancer Plan and the Mission Soil is a flagship initiative of the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas. An effort to mobilise resources and entities of all kinds

EU Missions are a coordinated effort by the Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of funding programmes, policies and regulations, as well as other activities. They also aim to mobilise and activate public and private actors, such as EU Member States, regional and local authorities, research institutes, farmers and land managers, entrepreneurs and investors to create real and lasting impact. Missions will engage with citizens to boost societal uptake of new solutions and approaches.

Towards a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient model

EU missions will support the transformation of Europe into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent. They aim to bring tangible benefits to the European population and to involve Europeans in their design, implementation and monitoring.

Each mission will operate as a portfolio of actions – such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives – to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions.

A wide range of studies and reports informed this approach.

EU missions will

  • be bold, inspirational and widely relevant to society
  • be clearly framed: targeted, measurable and time-bound
  • establish impact-driven but realistic goals
  • mobilise resources on EU, national and local levels
  • link activities across different disciplines and different types of research and innovation
  • make it easier for citizens to understand the value of investments in research and innovation

The 5 EU Missions

  1. Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030
  2. Cancer: working with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better
  3. Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030
  4. 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030
  5. A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030

Finally, we share the Implementation plans for the Missions, published last 21 September 2021, coinciding with the summer solstice, a change of cycle, which already inspires the projects and proposals Innogestiona is working on.


Photo: Sierra Monsalud (Salvaleón, abril 2021)