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EU research and innovation policy

Finland’s Presidency will discuss the role of research and innovation in boosting sustainable growth and competitiveness in the EU.

EU research and innovation policy aims to consolidate the scientific and technological foundations, promote competitiveness and support research activity in Europe.

As a rule, the role of the EU in research and innovation is to provide funding, ensure better framework conditions and introduce measures supporting transnational cooperation. Key tools in implementing this role are the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and the European Research Area (ERA).

Negotiations on Horizon Europe underway during Finland’s Presidency

The Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021–2027), totals approximately €87 billion (2018 prices). Finland’s Presidency aims to advance negotiations on the Horizon Europe proposal. Finland is, among others, seeking a partial general approach on the proposal for a regulation on the European Institute for Technology and Innovation (EIT), which supplements Horizon Europe, and on the EIT’s Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021–2027.

Many events also provide an excellent opportunity to actively participate in the debate on the future of the European Research Area (ERA).

In order to achieve sustainable growth, it is necessary to cross the boundaries between research, innovation and various other sectoral policies.

A modern industrial policy and a well-functioning single market are required to ensure high-impact of the research and innovation.

Council to discuss research and innovation policy

EU research and innovation ministers will convene for Competitiveness Council meetings on 4 July in Helsinki (informal meeting) and on 27 September and 28 November in Brussels (formal meetings).

The Informal Meeting is the first informal meeting of ministers during Finland’s Presidency. It will discuss the role of research and innovation in boosting sustainable growth and competitiveness in the EU, the Horizon Europe programme and its missions as strategic instruments.

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The Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe

EU agreement on future research and innovation programme

Inquiries

Timo Haapalehto, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, [email protected], tel. +358 +358 50 570 0980

Hanna Vuorinen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, [email protected], tel. +358 50 313 8618

Nina Alatalo, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, nina.a[email protected], tel. +358 50 431 8015

Petteri Kauppinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, [email protected], tel. +358 40 520 0702

Saara Vihko, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture, [email protected], tel. +358 50 467 0539