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COVID-19: THE COMMISSION MOBILISES €123 MILLION FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
The EC is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.
“We continue to mobilise all means at our disposal to fight this pandemic and the challenges presented by coronavirus variants”. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said.
Moreover, the EC launched new calls that complement earlier actions to develop treatments and vaccines by organising and conducting clinical trials to advance the development of promising therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19. They will support the development of large scale, COVID-19 cohorts and networks beyond Europe's borders, forging links with European initiatives, as well as reinforce the infrastructures needed to share data, expertise, research resources and expert services among researchers and research organisations.
CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: LAUNCH OF THE CITIZENS’ PLATFORM ON 19 APRIL
On April 8, the Executive Committee approved the multilingual digital platform that will enable citizens of the EU to contribute to the conference. From 19 April, European citizens will have the opportunity to express their opinions on any issue they consider important for the future of the EU. For the first time at EU level, this will allow citizens to present their own ideas, comment on the ideas of other citizens, create events and take part in them.
The platform will be the central virtual space of the conference, a real “hub” where all contributions received and shared will be available, including the off-centre events, the European panels of citizens and the plenary sessions of the conference. The Executive Committee has also arranged its work methods and the preparations for the inaugural event on the occasion of Europe Day (May 9).
Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the Commission for Democracy and demographics, has declared: “The launch of the digital platform in ten days will offer our citizens a unique space to participate in conversations and debates around Europe. It will allow people to share ideas, concerns, expectations and dreams, in all the official languages of the EU. The project is gradually taking shape and I look forward to the results.”
406 DAY MARKS THE LAUNCH OF NEW FUNCTIONS FOR GALILEO
On April 6, the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Agency celebrated the International Day of the search and return beacon. The 406 Day represents a reminder for 406MHz beacon owners to test their devices and keep track of the last updates of their registration. Emergency beacons will be installed on Galileo Satellites which will increase the velocity survey of emergency signals and people localization.
Galileo provides the most recent innovation in the Return Link Service, through which people in danger will receive a confirmation that their position signal has been identified. In addition, the Commission promoted the continuous development of SAR (Search and Rescue)/Galileo functions and efficiency by inviting 250 search and rescue operation units to express their opinion on this matter.
Thierry Breton,Commissioner for the Internal Market, commented: “Today, Galileo offers more satellites for the detection and localization of emergency alarms than any other constellation in the world. This is a great European success which demonstrates that Europe is not only an important space power, but also an actor who constantly works for the well-being of people”.