New Civil society guide & phonebook on EU Research & Innovation Policies for new MEPs

3 July 2019

Further to the May EU elections, new MEPs will sit in the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee  of the European Parliament. Those MEPs will have a key role to play in ensuring the EU’s R&I policies deliver real benefits for people and the planet throughout the 2019-2024 legislature. Civil society organisations have developed this guide for MEPs to set out key opportunities and risks in the EU’s next research and innovation programme.

Horizon 2020 will end in 2020 and will be replaced with Horizon Europe, which will cover the period 2021- 2027. Horizon Europe will be a major opportunity to bring real benefits for citizens and the planet and to deliver on our international commitments by 2030.

Civil society (NGOs and citizens) are not traditionally seen as stakeholders in Research & Innovation (R&I), unlike scientists, researchers and industry. Yet R&I is deeply relevant and important for society beyond institutional or commercial priorities. It is one of the key policy areas that can help us deliver a better future for EU citizens. R&I is integral to addressing the many challenges faced by society, including in health and wellbeing, food and farming systems, climate change, energy, democracy and digitalisation.

Civil society organisations have identified opportunities and challenges in the next R&I programme Horizon Europe. Together with concrete recommendations for new MEPs the guide on EU R&I policies also features a phonebook with contact details of different organisations for thematic expertise