AuthorMariya Gabriel
ProfessionEuropean Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Research, innovation and education are critical
for Europe to lead on the twin transitions
towards climate neutrality and digital
leadership. Europe’s industry, economy and
society are changing at the speed of light. This
creates not only an urgent challenge beyond
the means of individual Member States,
but also provides a unique opportunity to
transform the EU into a fair and prosperous
society, with a modern, resource-ef‌f‌icient and
competitive economy that works for people.
In order to live up to European citizens’
expectations, we also need to anticipate, react
quickly and ef‌fectively to unexpected events of
global magnitude, as it is now the case of the
Covid19 pandemic. Europe is demonstrating
clearly that science, research, innovation and education are fundamental, not only to tackle the
pandemic and protect citizens, but also to exit the crisis as strong as before, and to be prepared
for similar situation in the future. Protecting citizens and delivering solutions that meet their
needs is vital, and is the European Commission priority.
Research, innovation and education are also key drivers for Europe’s sustainable and inclusive
recovery, boosting the resilience of our production sectors, the competitiveness of our economies
and the transformation of our socio-economic systems. It goes without saying that in times of
looming economic and social activity, strong investments in research, innovation and education
remain indispensable. Within the EU's long-term budget, the new framework programme for
research and innovation, Horizon Europe, is called upon to play a very strong role in support of the
EU’s competitive sustainability. The time has come to boldly turn Europe’s frontier research and
cutting-edge technology into solutions addressing societal challenges. Working together will make
us worldwide innovation leaders and frontrunners in sustainability.

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