All the members of the Governance Network of the Programme Horizon 2020 gathered yesterday, Tuesday 25 August, for a roundtable devoted to the presentation of the results and impact of the Programme, after four years of implementation.
Chaired by Mrs Lobna Jeribi, acting Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and held on the theme of “the ambition of the international promotion of Tunisian scientific excellence”, this roundtable was the opportunity to review the achieved results of the programme Horizon 2020 and to examine its impact on research and the innovation ecosystem in Tunisia, in light of the country’s accession to the new EU programme Horizon Europe which is due to start on 1 January 2021.
Horizon 2020 is the most important research and innovation programme ever carried out by the European Union. It has benefited from an EU funding of about 80 billion euros in 7 years (2014-2020). Tunisia, member of this framework programme, benefits from the same advantages as European countries. It is vital for its future to invest in research and innovation for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Horizon 2020 takes part in this strategy and focuses on 3 key pillars: scientific excellence, industrial primacy and societal challenges. The objective is to ensure a world-class scientific and technological level is reached, which will boost economic growth.