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Mission boards

Information about the mission areas and the people chairing the mission boards.

Mission areas

The 5 mission areas are

The exact missions will be decided by the mission boards.

Chairs of the mission boards

Connie Hedegaard

Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation

Served as European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which time she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework and represented the EU in the international climate negotiations.

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Walter Ricciardi


In October 2019 Professor Ricciardi replaced the originally named chair, Professor Harald zur Hausen.

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Pascal Lamy

Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and inland Waters

Former European Commissioner for Trade and Director General of the World Trade Organisation from 2005-2013.

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

Former chair of the Central Bank of Poland,also served as Mayor of Warsaw.

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Cees Veerman

Soil health and Food

Dutch Minister of Agriculture from 2002 to 2007 and was also President of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers.

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General publications6 September 2022
EU Mission Boards Chairs and Members