2012 Biennial Report of the High Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC)
Rapport lagt fram på rådsmøtet 19.2.2013
BAKGRUNN (fra rapporten om felles programmering, engelsk utgave)
A second wave of six JPIs was launched in 2011 through Council conclusions, meaning that ten JPIs are now in, or entering, their implementation phase. From 2009 onward, the ten JPIs have done considerable work in developing common visions, establishing governance structures and starting discussions on strategic research agendas and joint activities. Being a new process, some JPIs have developed new and innovative activities, methodologies and ways of cooperating.
At the level of the GPC, two major issues were dealt with, addressed respectively in the “GPC contribution to the ERAC input to a proposal on the ERA Framework” and the “Recommendation on ways to involve industry”.
GPC reaffirms its opinion that Joint Programming has a clear potential to make a decisive contribution to tackling major European societal challenges. There are, however, several areas which call for increased efforts and strengthened collaboration and cooperation between the Member States and associated countries. A mutual learning process and exchange between all running JPIs are essential to advance the implementation process and to guarantee best support of JPIs to the ERA. In this context, the framework conditions are essential and the work of the CSA “JPIs to Co-Work” could provide valuable input.
The Joint Programming process has been defined to combine and mobilise national R&D potential to tackle grand societal challenges. It is hence of utmost importance to widen the participation of Member States in JPIs, in order to utilise the scientific excellence and full research potential of all its members. It is also encouraged that the JPIs are exploring the full possible range of instruments and potential avenues for further development.
It is also important to create synergies between actions carried out at EU level (Horizon 2020) and Member State level (JPIs), thus national efforts and Horizon 2020 should mutually reinforce each other. In this respect, JPIs represent a unique opportunity to initiate coordination of research programmes at EU and Member States level. By taking account of the strategic research agendas of the JPIs, Horizon 2020 will have an important leverage effect on Member States’ investments.
Joint Programming is of strategic importance for cooperation among the Member States. It has the potential to substantially change the manner to tackle grand societal challenges; based on the principles of voluntary and open participation and variable geometry, interested Member States cooperate to address important research questions with a long-term effect.
Joint Programming is more than joint calls or ERA-NETs. In a mid-/long-term perspective Joint Programming offers the possibility for a genuine joint research and innovation policy contributing to solve the challenges among the Member States and also with the EU. Therefore Joint Programming and the JPIs – if successful – could be “blue print processes” to foster the coordination of Member States on major societal challenges and beyond.