The COVID‑19 outbreak has spread in 2020 to become the most severe pandemic in the last one hundred years. The current public health crisis will have serious consequences on individual health and societal well-being, both now and in the future. The impact of the pandemic has abruptly brought public health back to the top of the policy agenda. Meanwhile, cancer and psychiatric disorders are steadily increasing, with the WHO expecting cancer to become the second leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. In addition, our health system will continue to be challenged by exposure to different types of environments, pollution, diets, and lifestyles. Significant health spending and technological innovations will be required to master current and future health-related challenges. Today, health spending is mostly centred on diagnostics and therapies, not prevention.
With the launch of Horizon Europe and its cancer mission area, the EU4Health programme, the innovative health initiative and many other EU funding schemes in the health sector, the European Commission aims to build resilient health systems to better equip Europe for the future.
Building on our track record with more than 30 EU funded health-related projects, we at accelopment are fully committed to continue supporting European research and innovation projects in Horizon Europe and beyond.
Climate change is the biggest global environmental challenge. Shrinking glaciers, extreme weather patterns, significant loss of biodiversity, ozone layer depletion and ocean acidification are already having severe observable effects. The past 22 years included the 20 warmest years on record, more than 1 million species are at risk of extinction and the worst impacts of climate change could be irreversible by 2030. Strategic policies and effective actions are urgently needed to halt and reverse these alarming developments. Major investments into new technologies are required to implement these.
For this reason, the EU launched the European Green Deal, with the aim to become climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this ambitious goal, the European Commission will mobilise 25% of the EU budget between 2021 and 2027 for climate and environmental challenges through several EU programmes, notably the Horizon Europe Climate, Energy and Mobility Cluster, the Horizon Europe mission on climate neutral cities and the LIFE programme.
With our participation in several energy, food, and other Green Deal related Horizon 2020 projects, we at accelopment are ideally positioned to support scientists, companies and other research organisations in the acquisition and management of Horizon Europe and other EU funded innovation projects to jointly tackle environmental challenges.