EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe R&D and innovation programme. They are a new way to bring specific solutions to some of the greatest EU challenges, aiming at delivering concrete results by 2030.
There are a total of 5 EU Missions. Main results sought by each:
- EU Mission Cancer
Targets by 2030: more than 3 million more lives saved, living longer and better, achieve a thorough understanding of cancer, prevent what is preventable, optimise diagnosis and treatment, support the quality of life of all people exposed to cancer, and ensure equitable access to the above across Europe.
- EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change
Targets by 2030: prepare Europe to deal with climate disruptions, accelerate the transition to a healthy and prosperous future within safe planetary boundaries and scale up solutions for resilience that will trigger transformations in society.
- EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters
Targets by 2030: cleaning marine and fresh waters, restoring degraded ecosystems and habitats, decarbonising the blue economy in order to sustainably harness the essential goods and services they provide.
- EU Mission Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities
Targets by 2030: support, promote and showcase 100 European cities in their systemic transformation towards climate neutrality by 2030 and turn these cities into innovation hubs for all cities, benefiting quality of life and sustainability in Europe.
- EU Mission Soil Deal for Europe
Targets by 2030: at least 75% of all soils in the EU are healthy for food, people, nature and climate. The proposed mission combines research and innovation, education and training, investments and the demonstration of good practices using “Living labs” (experiments and innovation in a laboratory on the ground) and “Lighthouses” (places to showcase good practices).
In September 2021 the EC officially launched the implementation plans for each Mission. These explain the objectives for the next two years in detail.
Link to the implementation plans of each EU Mission: here