The solutions developed in Innsbruck (Austria) and Bolzano (Italy) can be fully applied in 12 countries of the European Union, demonstrating the representativeness of the pilot cities. The social impact studies will become relevant in the implementation of similar initiatives to face current societal challenges.
The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.
France and Germany proposed a €500 billion European recovery fund for the regions and industries hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic following months of disagreement over the best way to stimulate recovery.