It was concluded that in order to strengthen the participation of EaP countries in Horizon 2020, it is particularly important for them to continue to:
- build up and strengthen the capacity to apply to calls for proposals
- progress on the agenda to reform and modernise their national R&I systems
- invest more in R&I
- increase the regional dimension and prioritisation at local level through Smart Specialisation and technology transfers.
The need for defining smart specialisation strategies was notably indicated as critical in the different peer-reviews already conducted (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia), either through the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) or other frameworks such as the INCONET EaP. The need to increase the competitiveness of the national research systems was mentioned as a key element hampering to reap the full potential of the R&I capacity across the Eastern Partnership. Additional funds to support research are equally critical as part of this modernisation process.
- Publication date
- 18 December 2019
- Directorate-General for Research and Innovation