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Public Consultation on institutionalised partnerships under Horizon Europe

Published on: Thu, 19/09/2019 - 18:36
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    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on 12 proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships under the future Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme, including for sustainable, inclusive and circular bio-based solutions.


    To access the consultation portal, click here.


    With a proposed budget of nearly 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 (COM(2018)435)[1]. Based on the agreement, Horizon Europe promotes a more strategic, ambitious and impact-oriented approach to public-public and public-private partnerships (European Partnerships), ensuring that they can effectively contribute to the Union’s policies and priorities.

    European Partnerships allow to bring together a broad range of actors to work towards a common goal, develop synergies with EU, national and regional programmes and strategies, and accelerate societal and market uptake. Different forms of European Partnerships can be implemented depending on specific needs, type of activities and criteria: Co-funded, Co-programmed or Institutionalised European Partnerships.

    Institutionalised Partnerships are implemented only when other parts of the Horizon Europe programme, including other forms of European Partnerships (Co-funded or Co-programmed), cannot achieve the objectives or generate the necessary expected impacts. The preparation of such Institutionalised Partnerships requires new EU legislation and the setting up of specific legal structures (funding bodies) based on Article 185 and 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU)[2]. As such all Institutionalised Partnerships must be justified with an impact assessment prior to the preparation of the legislative proposals.

    The European Commission is currently running the impact assessment of 12 candidate Institutionalised European Partnerships in the following priorities:

    1. EU-Africa research partnership on health security to tackle infectious diseases (Global Health)
    2. Innovative Health Initiative
    3. Key Digital Technologies
    4. Smart Networks and Services
    5. European Metrology
    6. Transforming Europe's rail system
    7. Integrated Air Traffic Management
    8. Clean Aviation
    9. Clean Hydrogen
    10. Safe and Automated Road Transport
    11. Circular bio-based Europe: sustainable innovation for new local value from waste and biomass
    12. Innovative SMEs

    This public consultation aims to collect the views of stakeholders and citizens on the need for such Institutionalised European Partnerships and will feed into the impact assessment process. This consultation is structured in two parts: Part 1 covering all candidate Institutionalised European Partnerships and Part 2 specific to each candidate. We invite you to provide feedback on any of the candidate Institutionalised European Partnership.
    The questionnaire is available in English, French and German and you can reply in any EU language. You can pause any time and continue later. Your contribution is downloadable once you have submitted your answers.
    Responses received after the closing date will not be considered. Questionnaires sent by e-mail or on paper will not be analysed except those due to accessibility needs of people with visual disabilities and their representative organisations.
    A summary on the outcome of the public consultation will be published by the Commission services on the ‘Have your say’ portal.
    We thank you for your participation.
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    [1] Legal texts for Horizon Europe to be found here:
    [2] Following Article 8(1)(c) of the proposed Regulation for Horizon Europe