April 23
Trajan Shipley
24th February 2021
Data, Tech & IP Institutional law Internal Market

Research and Innovation: Commission presents legislative proposal to establish Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe

The European Commission has published a proposal for a Council Regulation establishing the Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. These joint undertakings are meant to increase the EU’s research and innovation impact by combining European partnership co-investment with additional private and public sector funds in high-end areas.

Under Article 8(1)(c) of the Horizon Europe Regulation, institutionalised partnerships based on Articles 185 and 187 TFEU shall be implemented under several conditions. That regulation further identified eight priority areas for possible institutionalised European partnerships on the basis of the TFEU. Under these legal provisions, the Commission’s proposal covers nine institutionalised European partnerships establishing individual joint undertakings for their implementation, which include industry, research organisations, civil society, and others.

The proposal suggests that the following joint undertakings be established as EU bodies until 2031:

  • the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking;
  • the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking;
  • the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking;
  • the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking;
  • the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking;
  • the Innovative Health Initiative Joint Undertaking; 
  • the Key Digital Technologies Joint Undertaking; 
  • the Single European Sky ATM Research 3 Joint Undertaking;
  • the Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking. 

The Regulation proposal also contains detailed provisions on the objectives, functioning, funding and structure of the joint undertakings.

Read the officially published Regulation proposal here.


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