Commission publishes first draft of Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy


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Commission publishes first draft of Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy
03. May 2020 News

Commission publishes first draft of Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy

On 29 April, EU Commission published the first draft of the Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy. In cooperation with Members States and stakeholders, the Commission is currently preparing the work programmes of the Horizon Europe. 

The EU Implementation Strategy provides the framework for carefully designed rules and efficient processes across the entire programme and project life cycle. 

The Strategy focuses on following objectives:

  • Maximising impacts, because more has to be done to boost and focus the impact of European R&I spending, and Horizon Europe has been conceived with this in mind. The programme has high level objectives that cut across the programme, pathways to impact addressed at every level, and special arrangements envisaged to implement the new high-impact schemes such as missions and the EIC;
  • Ensuring greater transparency and further simplification, by maintaining and building on the substantial improvements made under Horizon 2020, while capitalising on lessons learned, and taking advantage of modern and innovative approaches;
  • Fostering synergies with other EU spending programmes, to ensure that we can implement in practice the legal provisions built into Horizon Europe and the reciprocal arrangements in sister programmes across the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), capitalising also on the Commission-wide prioritysetting established through strategic planning;
  • Easing access through digital transformation and outreach, to ensure that the whole implementation is designed in a joined-up and holistic way, supported by modern outreach channels and practices and robust electronic platforms and tools for engaging stakeholders along the programme life-cycle, increasing communication on data and results, and exploiting new approaches as these mature, including Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Commission validated, refined and developed the Strategy based on existing stakeholder feedback, internal analysis of needs and studies as well as via a comprehensive consultation and co-design process. 

This document is the first draft of such a strategy. It is a living text that will evolve and grow as preparations and deployment unfold during 2020. It reflects the situation on 01/01/2020. A progress report will be published in the second semester 2020. (source:

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