Today, high-level independent experts proposed potential EU missions: bold goals to be achieved within a set timeframe aimed at tackling some of our greatest global challenges. These challenges include cancer, adaptation to climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food. Until September, people across Europe will be consulted on the proposals for potential EU missions to make sure that they are relevant for them and make a real difference.
The five possible missions proposed by the Mission Boards, the independent experts advising the European Commission, are:
- Conquering Cancer: Mission Possible – By 2030, more than 3 million more lives saved, living longer and better: achieve a thorough understanding of cancer, improve prevention, improve diagnosis and treatment, support the quality of life of all people exposed to cancer, and ensure equitable access to the above across Europe.
- Accelerating The Transition To A Climate Prepared And Resilient Europe – By 2030, prepare Europe to deal with climate disruptions; accelerate the transition to a healthy and prosperous future within safe planetary boundaries; and scale up solutions for resilience triggering societal transformations.
- Regenerating our Ocean and Waters – by 2030: cleaning marine and fresh waters, restoring degraded ecosystems and habitats, decarbonising the blue economy in order to sustainably harness the essential goods and services they provide.
- 100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030 – by and for the citizens. Support, promote and showcase 100 European cities in their systemic transformation towards climate neutrality by 2030 and turn these cities into experimentation and innovation hubs.
- Caring for Soil is Caring for Life – By 2030, at least 75% of all soils in the EU are healthy and are able to provide essential services that we depend on, for healthy food, people, nature and climate.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:
“Missions will be crucial for the transformation of Europe into a greener, healthier, more resilient continent for all. Since September last year, the five Mission Boards have been working closely together with citizens to shape these ambitious missions. I am looking forward to hearing fellow Europeans’ views on these proposals, to ensure they capture their vision and meet their expectations.”
A number of online citizen engagement events will take place over the summer to further listen to the priorities of Europeans and gather their ideas. This will ensure that the proposed missions are aligned with their needs.
The Mission Boards will hand over their final recommendations to the Commission at the ‘European Research & Innovation Days’ (22-24 September 2020). The Commission will announce its selected missions at the end of 2020. The missions will launch in 2021 as part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.