Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024 to prioritise climate-neutral and digital projects

On March 15, the European Commission adopted the first strategic plan 2021-2024 for Horizon Europe — the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years. It ensures that EU research and innovation actions contribute to EU priorities, including a climate-neutral and green Europe, a Europe fit for the digital age, and an economy that works for people.

“This Plan provides a frame for top quality, excellence-based research and innovation to be delivered with the Horizon Europe Work Programme. With this strategic orientation we ensure that research and innovation investments can contribute to a recovery process based on the twin green and digital transition, resilience and open strategic autonomy," said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age.

The strategic plan sets out four strategic orientations for research and innovation investments under Horizon Europe for the next four years:

  • Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains;
  • Restoring Europe's ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources;
  • Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy;
  • Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society.

PSCE Annual Report 2020 available!

We are happy to share with you our Annual report of 2020, which was a very challenging but nevertheless successful year!

You will find all the activities PSCE conducted, including European collaborations and publications with very important entities in their fields (Joint Research Centre, 5G Observatory, GSMA,...), and the redaction of its own policy papers.

You will also discover the expertise of PSCE in different fields (Satellite Applications, Technologies for First Responders, Broadband Communications, Crisis Management) through the projects we are involved in (BroadGNSS, Respond-A and Search & Rescue, BroadWay, Driver+).

You will finally read our future priorities for 2021, aligned with our constant objective to remain a key actor in public safety communications in Europe.

Download the annual report here

 

Commission announces Action Plan to increase defence capabilities and space connectivity

On February 22, the European Commission announced an Action Plan to increase the EU’s defence capabilities by boosting secure space connections and exploiting disruptive potential technologies. 

In particular, some of the targeted actions on the Action Plan focus specifically on drone technologies, space-based secure connectivity and space traffic management. Space and civil technologies, including cyber, quantum and artificial intelligence also feature in the EU executive plan of boosting Europe’s capabilities.  The Commission’s Action Plan will also cover measures to increase resilience across connectivity systems in case of cyber attacks.

Synergies with EU programmes

In a challenging international environment, where the EU needs to maintain its technological edge and support its industrial base, the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF) significantly scales up investment in technologies for defence or related civilian use, such as security, mobility, health, information management, cyber and space.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton explained during the press conference the EU’s intention to build synergies between existing EU programmes — Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, the Connecting Europe Facility, the Internal Security Fund, the European Defence Fund (EDF) and the Space programme —and instruments so that disruptive technologies can find a concrete use.

The increased size of these investments, delivered through a variety of EU programmes and instruments, presents opportunities for synergies that can avoid the risk of duplication and provide more user-friendly opportunities for financing, such as grants and public procurement, the Commission said. 

“The European Defence Fund gives a strong potential for synergies between innovation in space, defence and civil research and innovation. We need this for a number of critical technologies. This plan is a systematic and methodological approach to create synergies”, tweeted Vestager.

 

Join the workshop “People with Disabilities in Search & Rescue operations”

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PSCE is happy to announce the upcoming workshop “People with Disabilities in Search & Rescue operations” hosted by the EU project Search & Rescue, on 30 March from 9h50 until 12h. 

The workshop will provide a platform to discuss the framework on the rights of persons with disabilities but also their protection and social inclusion. 

This event will provide an exceptional opportunity to learn best practices to be further replicated across the public safety sector in Europe. 

You can register to our online event here

Ericsson and Everbridge join PSCE!

We are happy to announce that Ericsson and Everbridge have joined PSCE and have become part of our public safety community!

Ericsson and Everbridge will bring a lot of insights and expertise to feed into our debates and activities. We look forward to start working together and contribute to the development of critical mobile communications and to ensure that the public safety sector is up to any potential incident and challenge.