The Future of Horizon Europe: Missions


From 2021 to 2027 the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will develop and implement ambitious missions that ensure maximum impact for the challenges that European citizens experience, thus putting the citizen more in focus of research and development.

Horison Europe Missions is formed using expert groups consisting of 15 people with broad expertise in five areas:

  • Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
  • Cancer
  • Healthy Oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  • Soil health and food
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities

Copenhagen supports the mission on smart city
Especially the mission on climate-neutral and Smart Cities is of interest to Copenhagen as the city strives to be a world leader in sustainability and has initiated the ambitious target of being carbon neutral in 2025 using its many smart city initiatives to accelerate this transition.

In working towards carbon-neutrality, the city has built great expertise in designing impactful programs across sectors and has succeeded in building concrete solutions addressing societal challenges within green and smart cities.
Within the field of smart city Copenhagen Solutions Lab is working on several projects that support the climate-neutral and smart city mission, including a partnership with Google to measure air pollution in the city, a project to improve data quality on pedestrian mobility in the city, as well as being chairman of the Nordic Smart City Network, coordinating innovative smart-city initiatives between 14 Nordic cities.

Therefore, Copenhagen welcomes the mission-oriented approach and will work to support especially the mission on climate-neutral and smart cities.