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The European Commission has begun designing the Horizon Europe Implementation strategy, which is expected to be finalised at the end of 2019, in time for the foreseen adoption of Horizon Europe’s Strategic Plan. Two related stakeholders’ consultation surveys are currently open and have had their deadlines extended to 4 October 2019. The two consultations are to feed into the development of the two strategic documents, and are built on the co-design principle, which is linked to Horizon Europe’s strategic planning. They are meant to ensure from the start that implementation properly supports the programme’s policy objectives.
While the Strategic Plan is to put forward the priorities for the first four years of Horizon Europe (2021 – 2024), the Implementation Strategy is meant to be a tool to focus attention, planning efforts and resources to the rules, processes, systems, documents and guidance, so that they are ready in time for the programme start. Based on the experience of Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme, the Implementation strategy for Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is to set out how the programme will be managed in practice. It aims to further simplify and accommodate the novelties of Horizon Europe, while ensuring a high level of continuity.
As part of the promotional and consultative activities for the Horizon Europe programme, the EU research and innovation days took place in Brussels from 24 until 26 September. It was the first annual policy event of the European Commission in this area, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape.