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Press releases 23 June 2020

EERA advocates for a strong commitment towards Green Research & Innovation investments

EERA, together with five organisations, signed a letter to encourage the adoption of an ambitious plan for R&I

EERA has co-signed a letter addressed to the European Commission advocating for a strong stance on green investments in Research & Innovation (R&I) in the context of the EU recovery plan.

The letter signed together with Climate Strategy, E3G, EUREC, Jacques Delors Institute and Transport & Environment, stresses the importance of an ambitious R&I strategy supporting the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

The signatories advance policy proposals for the future developments in green R&I to strengthen and accelerate the economic recovery, including among others:

  • Ensuring the European Green Deal and National Energy and Climate Plans, guide Member States’ Recovery and Resilience Plans
  • Reinforce the EU budget’s ability to boost the bloc’s research and innovation ecosystem
  • Green Recovery Bond issuance
  • Reinforce Smart Specialisation Platforms with Climate R&I in CEE region

The letter was sent to the three Executive Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, including Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, leading the EU Green Deal, with copy to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, in charge of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Ensuring that sufficient investments are made in green R&I is one of the strongest ways for the European Commission to ensure that the recovery is effective and sustainable.