Slide Strategic Sessions

4.3 | Supporting a global sustainable competitiveness and industrial policy through EU public-private partnerships (Flagship 8)

The “European Green Deal” recognizes that climate change and environmental degradation are existential threats to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, the European Green Deal proposes a vision to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, ensuring: no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, economic growth decoupled from resource use, and no person and no place left behind.


The transport sector will play a critical role in achieving such a vision, as presented in the “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy”, which calls for an irreversible shift to zero-emission mobility while ensuring efficient connectivity and a more resilient Single European Transport Area.


To build a mobility system which is sustainable, smart, and based on circular products and services, we must switch the existing paradigm of incremental change to fundamental transformation and an accelerated modal shift. This will require research, innovation deployment, new business models and investments at scale and at speed. At the same time, this transformation offers great opportunities for the European transport industry across the value chains to modernise, create high-quality jobs, develop new products and services, strengthen competitiveness and pursue global leadership as other markets are moving fast towards zero-emission mobility.


By bringing private and public partners together, European transport R&I partnerships are strategic tools to help the EU and the Member States reach the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy objectives while supporting the global competitiveness and resilience of the EU industry. The combined public-private contribution – with the EU providing nearly €7 billion of Horizon Europe funding that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment – is expected to mobilise additional investments in support of the transition and create long-term positive impacts on the environment and society. By fostering synergies at European, national and regional levels, and thanks to rising coordination with Member States, the Horizon Europe partnerships also help avoid the duplication of investments, contribute to reducing the activity fragmentation in their respective sectors and thus build up a critical mass to accelerate the systemic transformation.


This session will focus on:

  • the key role of Horizon Europe partnerships in supporting the green, digital and circular transitions of the EU transport sectors through innovation
  • the synergies to be fostered at EU and national/regional levels to increase the partnerships’ impact on EU policy and accelerate the transitions
  • the societal and technological challenges as well as the policy and economic requirements necessary for the efficient deployment and adoption of innovative R&I solutions for market uptake whilst remaining competitive


In this strategic session we will address the following questions in detail and with specific examples:

  • How concretely HE partnerships push their respective transport sectors towards the green, digital and circular transitions?
  • How are the partnerships helping to align EU and national policies for increased impact?
  • How can the partnerships and other actors support the actual deployment of partnerships’ innovations? What actions are necessary to accelerate deployment (examples)?
  • How are final users (e.g., transport operators, citizens) involved in ensuring the adoption of the developed innovative solutions? Which actions and incentives are needed to ensure their uptake?
  • How are the partnerships cooperating amongst themselves to avoid a silo approach and ensure synergies? If not the case, to enable cross-synergies (and prevent/mitigate possible barriers) what measures do you consider useful to be in place?



  • Chair: European Commission (Andrea Gentili, DG RTD.C3, Paola Chiarini, DG MOVE.B3)
  • Co-chairs: WATERBORNE TP (Jaap Gebraad, Mihai Barcanescu, Partnership Board member ZEWT cPP / WATERBORNE TP)




  • Julien Guerrier, Director, Directorate RTD.G – Common Policy Centre, European Commission
  • Pieter Huyskens, Director of Research, Development & Innovation for the Damen Shipyards Group
  • Jaqueline Matijevic, Head of Department Mobility and Transport Technologies, BMK (Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology)
  • Pierpaolo Biffali, Head of Powertrain Product Engineering, Iveco Group
  • Noemi Jiménez-Redondo, Director R&D, CEMOSA Françoise Guaspare, Senior Policy Advisor Île-de-France Europe (Paris region), Vice-Chairwoman of ERTRAC
  • Andreas Boschen, Executive Director, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking



  • Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow, Fabric & Home Care Open Innovation, Procter & Gamble Services Company, and ALICE Vice-Chair




  • Paola Chiarini / Andrea Gentili, European Commission