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European Policy News Christmas 2020


eseia Engages Members in EU Partnerships

On 17November, Jürgen Tiedje, Head of Unit ’’Sustainable Industry Systems’’ from DG Research and Innovation in the European Commission, gave a presentation on the potential partnerships in Horizon Europe. Mr.Tiedje focused on examples of partnerships with industries, such as SPIRE under Horizon 2020. Under Horizon Europe, the hubs for circularity are foreseen as a mechanism to achieve twin transition and to act as a stepping stone towards climate neutrality and circularity in industry. Processes4Planet is a potential cross-sectorial partnership, gathering 10 process industries and sector associations, SMEs, RTOs, NGOs, regions, and others. The eseia Director outlined relevant European Partnerships in Climate, Energy and Mobility, Partnerships in Bioeconomy and Natural Resources, but also Partnerships across Themes.

Jürgen Tiedje’s presentation can be found here

Contact: Jurgen.tiedje@ec.europa.eu



EU Strategy to Harness the Potential of Offshore Renewable Energy for Climate Neutral Future

Europe has an advantage in offshore renewable energies as it can rely on the potential of the seas of the EU. Taking advantage of this technological and physical potential is crucial in Europe if it wants to achieve it carbon emission reduction targets for 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050. European Commission proposes an EU strategy to make offshore renewable energy a core component of Europe’s energy system by 2050. Horizon Europe will serve as a source for research and innovation for the future development and deployment of innovative offshore energy technologies in Europe. In particular, Horizon Europe will support the development and testing of new and innovative offshore renewable energy technologies, components and solutions.

Communication published here


Horizon Europe Budget Negotiations

10November marks the date when a compromise was reached on the EU’s long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework) 2021-2027. For Horizon Europe, the total budget agreed was 84.9 billion euros, which is 4 billion euros, as was initially agreed. The Erasmus+ is foreseen to receive additional 2.2 billion in addition to 21.2 billion euros agreed in July 2020.  The Heads of States will still need to approve this compromise in the European Council. 

Read more here


EU and Africa’s Opportunities for Enhanced Cooperation on Research, Innovation and Education

On 18 November 2020, AERAP, the Africa-Europe Science Platform organized a briefing on EU support for cooperation with Africa on research, innovation and education for the next MFF period, 2021 to 2027. A comprehensive strategy of EU with Africa was published in March 2020, which amongst five partnerships in total, aims to focus on green transition and energy access as well as sustainable growth and jobs. 

More information is available here. Recording of the briefing is available here.