EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027.
Each mission will operate as a portfolio of actions – such as research projects, policy measures or even legislative initiatives - to achieve a measurable goal that could not be achieved through individual actions.
EU Mission will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens.
One of the five missions is called Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030.
The mission’s new, systemic approach will address the ocean and waters as one and play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature. The mission will help achieve the EU objectives of protecting 30 per cent of the EUs sea area as well as restoring marine eco-systems and 25.000 km of free flowing rivers, prevent and eliminate pollution by reducing plastic litter at sea, nutrient losses and use of chemical pesticides by 50 per cent and make the blue economy climate-neutral and circular with net-zero maritime emissions.