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Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable Mobility and Circular Economy


In order to promote the growth, consolidation and international projection of European entities, the European Union offers a large innovation and research ecosystem. The bases of this ecosystem are training, the exchange of knowledge, the arrival on the market of new products and/or services and the collaborations that facilitate development. For all this, the main tool available to the European Union are the European networks and partnerships.

In order to promote the active presence of Navarrese entities in European Union initiatives and networks, this agreement between the Directorate General for External Action of the Department of Citizen Relations and the ADItech Corporation has been created. This initiative focuses on three of the strategic areas of the region: Sustainable Mobility, Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy. To this end, it has the participation of the main agents of the Navarra Innovation System (SINAI) that are leaders in these areas.

On this occasion, we focus on the "European Research & Innovation Days" event held on 23 and 24 June and on some of the most important aspects that took place in the presentation of Horizon Europe partnerships.


General information

  1. What are Research & Innovation Days?

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission's annual event dedicated to Research and Innovation. It brings together policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs and attendees to discuss and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe.

This year is marked by the launch of the new Horizon Europe programme, the EU's most ambitious research and innovation programme. Questions about funding opportunities will be answered at the Horizon Europe Info Days 2021.

The agenda of the event and the recorded sessions can be found here.

  1. Presentation of the new European partnerships

This was the launch event for the 11 new European partnerships, or co-programmed partnerships, which will run for 7 years under Horizon Europe (2021-2027). These partnerships, among a long list of private industry and EU partners, will address the most pressing societal challenges in each chosen area of activity, ranging from digitalisation to mobility and energy challenges. These new partnerships, which in many cases emerge from their Horizon 2020 predecessors, will be more significant than ever before, accounting for approximately up to 50% of the budget dedicated to Horizon Europe's Pillar II, i.e. the largest budgeted pillar of the entire programme. For this reason, the importance and benefits of participating in these partnerships is more remarkable than ever before.

The eleven European Partnerships funded by the European Commission, and which will therefore have their own calls within the Horizon Europe programme, are the following:

  • European Partnership for the European Open Science Cloud. Its objective is to implement and consolidate by 2030 an open and trusted virtual environment that enables Europe's approximately two million researchers to store, share and reuse research data across borders and disciplines. 
  • European Association for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics (ADRA). In order for Europe to make the most of artificial intelligence (AI), data and robotics, this Partnership will drive innovation, uptake and adoption of these technologies, for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
  • European Partnership for Photonics (light-based technologies). It aims to accelerate innovation in photonics, to strengthen Europe's technological sovereignty, to increase the competitiveness of the European economy and to promote job creation and long-term prosperity. 
  • European Partnership for Clean Steel: Low Carbon Steelmaking. It will contribute to the Union's leadership in transforming the steel industry into a carbon-neutral industry that serves as a catalyst for other strategic sectors.
  • European Made in Europe Association (formerly EFFRA). It will be the driver of European leadership in sustainable manufacturing in Europe, applying the principles of circular economy (zero waste and others), digital transformation and climate neutral manufacturing.
  • European Partnership "Processes4Planet" (former SPIRE). Its purpose is for European process industries to lead globally towards the 2050 climate neutrality target, with a particular focus on low-carbon technologies, circularity (e.g. through the creation of circularity hubs) and competitiveness. (Link to the draft work programme)
  • European Partnership for a People-Centred Sustainable Built Environment (Built4People). Its purpose is the creation of high quality, low-carbon, energy and resource efficient built environments, such as buildings, infrastructure, etc., that drive the transition towards sustainability.
  • European Partnership for Zero Emission Road Transport (2Zero). Its objective is to accelerate the development of zero emission transport with a systemic approach, contributing to the establishment of a clean and climate-neutral road transport system. 
  • European Partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM). Its aim is to accelerate the deployment of innovative, connected, cooperative and automated mobility technologies and services. 
  • European Battery Partnership: for a competitive European industrial value chain for batteries. It aims to contribute to the development of a world-class European research and innovation ecosystem for batteries and to promote European industrial leadership in the design and production of batteries for the next generation of stationary and mobile applications. 
  • European Partnership for Zero Emission Waterborne Transport. Its aim is for the Union to lead and accelerate the transformation of waterborne transport to eliminate all harmful environmental emissions, including greenhouse gases and air and water pollutants, through innovative technologies and operations.

The networks on which this agreement focuses are those specialised in the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable Mobility and Circular Economy with interest for Navarra. These are:

  • European Association for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics (ADRA).
  • European Association "Made in Europe" (Formerly EFFRA)
  • European Partnership "Processes4Planet" (formerly SPIRE)
  • European Partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM)

If you need more information regarding the above mentioned networks or how to participate in them, please contact:

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