PlumeStars adhered to the Manifesto “Research and Innovation for the Future of Europe” proposed to reaffirm the key role of Research & Innovation for the future of Europe and its citizens.
The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique opportunity for European citizens to reflect and debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities: a citizens-focused, bottom-up exercise for Europeans to have their opinion on what they expect from the Union.
As stated in the joint declaration, the EU must provide inclusive answers to our generation-defining tasks by achieving the green and digital transitions, ensuring a fair, sustainable and competitive economy, addressing geopolitical challenges in the post-COVID-19 global environment.
Research and innovation have shown to be key drivers to address those challenges and therefore, R&I issues have been increasingly preeminent in the EU political agenda.
The Recovery Plan for Europe Next Generation EU will mobilize significant resources to support R&I activities. 2021 has also marked the launch of Horizon Europe, the most ambitious EU R&I program ever with a budget of 95.5 billion € over seven years.
Despite its central role, research and innovation do not appear among the selected priority topics of the Conference on the Future of Europe.