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Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges

Daniela Jacob is expert on the Mission Board „Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation”

On September 29, 2021, the EU Commission launched five new EU missions. The EU missions introduced under Horizon Europe are a novelty and an original concept in EU policy-making. They aim to address the major health, climate and environmental challenges and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.

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At the European Research and Innovation Days on September 22nd, 2020, high-ranking independent experts (including Daniela Jacob as an expert on the Mission Board "Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation" - see background below) presented its proposals for possible EU missions to some of our most pressing societal challenges to the European Commission. The aim of the proposed missions is to find solutions for the following topics by 2030:

  1. Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030;
  2. Cancer: working with Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to improve the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and solutions to live longer and better;
  3. Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030;
  4. 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030;
  5. A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.

With the communication on the EU missions that has now been adopted, the Commission is giving the go-ahead for the missions after having approved the individual plans in the summer.

The next steps
The implementation phase of the EU missions begins immediately. The first Horizon Europe work program for 2021-22, published on June 16, sets out a number of actions that lay the foundation for their implementation. It will be updated with a full research and innovation agenda by the end of the year. At the same time, the missions will start in the participating regions, cities and organizations as well as with the citizens of the Member States.

further details on the European Missions Factsheet EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change Press release EU-Commission: "Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges"


In August 2019 Daniela Jacob was elected to the European Commission's "Mission Board" [b]„Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation”]/b]. The Mission Boards, set up by Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas, are high-level advisory bodies for five mission areas for planning the future EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, and each consist of 15 experts from research, politics and society. More than 2100 people have applied for membership of the Boards in a Europe-wide process.

Daniela Jacob: "It is a very great honour for me to be a member of the Panel. At the same time, I am aware that there is a great deal of responsibility involved. For in the missions we deal with major challenges facing the people of Europe".

In the past few months, the panels have defined specific missions under the context of five areas of combating cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities and healthy soil and food. The aim is to propose specific research content to the European Commission, including concrete objectives and timetables for missions that will implement the five priorities mentioned above, which are currently only formulated in general terms, in Horizon Europe from 2021 with measurable results.