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On 1 December 2022, the European Commission launched the largest public consultation ever held on Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programmes covering the period of 2014-2027. In line with the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda, which is aimed at ensuring that EU law-making takes into account the view of those that may be effected, stakeholders are invited to share their views on the performance of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, and to contribute to shaping the strategic orientations for the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan for 2025-2027.

Shaping the last years of Horizon Europe

The consultation is open for 12 weeks and questions are accessible in English, German and French. Participants can reply in all EU languages.

“I am glad to launch this public consultation: it is an unprecedented opportunity for all interested parties to make their voices heard,” said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. “Its outcomes will help us evaluate Horizon’s results up until now and contribute shaping its future. I warmly invite all those with an interest in EU research and innovation to participate. We will make a difference together.”

Achievements, shortcomings, future priorities

The public consultation allows participants to:

  • Point out the achievements and shortcomings of the previous EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, its relevance and the procedures associated with the application process and funding management
  • Express views on Horizon Europe’s design and implementation up until now
  • Identify future priorities for Horizon Europe’s Strategic Plan 2025-2027, providing inputs on emerging research and innovation needs, on synergies across EU programmes, etc.

Overall, the consultation will contribute to Horizon 2020’s final evaluation and Horizon Europe’s interim evaluation, and lay the groundwork for the preparations of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan for 2025-2027.

Provide your feedback until the end of February

For 12 weeks, stakeholders are encouraged to reply to multiple-choice and open questions and are invited to submit position papers. Respondents can choose to reply to one, two or all three parts of the questionnaire. The consultation will close in February 2023.

For any questions related to the consultation, please contact RTD-PUBLIC-CONSULTATION-HORIZON@ec.europa.eu

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