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European Policy News October 2020


Horizon Europe Work Programme

The draft work programme 2021-2022 on Cluster 5 (‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’) was issued on 10 September 2020.  eseia has made a call selection for 2021 from the draft program.

If you are interested in obtaining the copy of the Horizon Europe draft work programme, you can do so by obtaining a copy from eseia Secretariat.

The document is not yet final, however, each call has indications about the proposed budget for each project.

Contact: office@eseia.eu


Open Access publishing platform (ORE)


An Open Access publishing platform (ORE) has now a public site. This will be a scholarly publishing platform providing a full open access peer reviewed publishing service for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries at no cost to them, during and after the end of their grants. Open Research Europe will be accepting article submissions from autumn 2020. The author guidelines for submission expected in summer 2020.The benefits of the Open Research Europe platform are not only for publication authors. It will also provide full support of underlying research data that meets the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles. Please note that you can send the general enquiries to the following address.


Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech

On 16 September, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen gave the State of the Union speech.  Von der Leyen stated that for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, processes need to be sped up. 

 In order to cut the emissions to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal, there is clear need to boost renewable energy and to improve energy efficiency. According to von der Leyen, ‘’ 37% of NextGenerationEU will be spent directly on our European Green Deal objectives.’’

NextGenerationEU is seen as a gateway mechanism to invest in lighthouse European projects to modernise and make green hydrogen and electricity consumption.

Her speech put also a lot of emphasis on the unused potential of the industrial data – 80 percent of industrial data is collected, but never used. Common data spaces in the energy sector could encourage innovation between universities, companies and researchers as it would provide a common outlet to access data and collaborate.

Original speech can be found here.


European Research and Innovation Days 22-24 September 2020


During 22-24 September 2020, European Research and Innovation Days 2020 took place which brought together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to have their say for the future of research and innovation. This year was special since three days of Research and Innovation Days were completely virtual. The event was divided into Policy Conference, Hubs and a separate exhibition section to provide a broad range of activities to cover the spectrum of research and innovation.


If you did not have time yet to follow the European Research and Innovation Days, you still have the possibility to create your account and access the recordings, which were recorded during the 3 -day event to have a good overview available on the event website.


Direct link to create your account to access the videos: https://research-innovation-days.ec.europa.eu/register


European Research and Innovation Days official website: https://research-innovation-days.ec.europa.eu/