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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2021
Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003612/2021

Horizon Europe, and its relevant Missions and Partnerships, can make an important contribution to the implementation of the EU strategy to reduce methane emissions.

Several topics included in the 2021/2022 work programme of Horizon Europe can potentially contribute such as the two topics aiming to establish a demonstration network on climate-smart farming(1), which both foresee that all Member States should be covered, or a topic on resilient livestock farming systems(2). Additionally, a topic is addressing innovation actions supporting sustainable biomethane production(3).

The evaluation and award criteria under Horizon Europe(4) do not include specific requirements to ensure a geographical balance of participating entities. The Commission encourages Member States to participate in Horizon Europe projects and take benefit of solutions that can be disseminated and exploited in different parts of Europe through knowledge exchange.

The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI)(5), the agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS) of the Member States and the BIOEAST initiative(6) play an important role in this knowledge exchange.

It is important that all Member States participate actively in Horizon Europe, making also effective use of the increased opportunities offered under its part on ‘Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area’(7).

(1)‘Demonstration network on climate-smart farming — linking pilot farms’ HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01-04 and ‘Demonstration network on climate-smart farming — boosting the role of advisory services’ HORIZON-CL6-2022-CLIMATE-01-03
(2)‘Resilient livestock farming systems under climate change’ HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01-06
(3)‘Innovative biomethane production as an energy carrier and a fuel’ HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-16
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