Investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe's future, in knowledge and new solutions to maintain and improve the European way of life. That is why the Juncker Commission has set a new level of ambition to deepen Europe's innovation capability, provide lasting prosperity and preserve our global competitiveness. Horizon Europe, proposed by the Commission in June 2018 as part of the EU-long-term-budget for the years 2021-2027, is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever and will keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.
There will be a strong degree of continuity with Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme for 2014-2020: three pillars, excellence at the core, and maintaining the tested funding rules and procedures of Horizon 2020. But it has been improved to maximise its impact, its relevance to society and its potential for breakthrough innovation.