Mission-based innovation for European decarbonisation

19 Giu 2019

The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading actors in the Italian energy innovation landscape to an informal debate on how the new EU approach to research and innovation funding can be best aligned to deliver a fully decarbonized and resilient economy by mid-century.

As part of the European Commission’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget – the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – a new set of proposals for the EU research and innovation programme “Horizon Europe” was recently agreed. This will be implemented in 2021. The EU has committed to using “mission-oriented policymaking” as a key tool to help improve the effectiveness of research and innovation investments. With this workshop, EIT Climate-KIC in collaboration with its partner E3G would like to collect input from leading Italian stakeholders on how they see this proposal and which priorities for Italy.

There is a strong alignment between the political goals of the mission process and the policy challenge of decarbonization. The EU should take this opportunity and set out “missions” related to this objective. Which types of missions would be useful in the Italian context and where? How can the new European Commission support innovation through regulatory change, creating a robust learning governance process, and the provision of adequate funding?