TO-REACH responds to the European Commission Consultation on Horizon Europe

9 September 2019

On Friday, 6 September 2019, the TO-REACH Consortium responded to the European Commission public consultation ‘Horizon Europe Co-design 2021-2024’, focused on co-designing and shaping the future EU research and innovation investment framework. The consultation collected inputs from across Europe and beyond, informing the Commission’s work towards the definition of a ‘Strategic Plan’ for Horizon Europe, which will guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe’s first four years (2021-2024). The consultation and its results will be further discussed during the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels from 24 to 26 September 2019.

With a proposed budget of 100 billion euro from 2021 to 2027, the Horizon Europe framework programme represents the largest collaborative multinational research and innovation investment in Europe and is open to participants worldwide. The European Parliament and the Council, have provisionally agreed on the Horizon Europe legislative package. Based on the agreement, a Strategic Plan will put forward the targeted impacts for the investment in research and innovation and the priorities for the first four years of implementation of Horizon Europe.

The TO-REACH Consortium supports the approach adopted by the European Commission in designing Horizon Europe. Within this framework, the Consortium advocates for the creation of an EU partnership on Health services and systems research. This partnership approach is deemed as a key instrument to collectively achieve the objectives outlined under the health cluster while also addressing cross-cutting issues such as competitiveness, environmental sustainability and international impact of the EU. Only through this evidence-based approach the EU can move towards more sustainable health systems, scaling innovation within and across countries, enhancing knowledge sharing and making the best out of R&I resources for the betterment of the wellbeing of our society.

Extract from the TO-REACH response to the EC Public Consultation on Horizon Europe

You can access our full response here.

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