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Press release: Swede to lead EU research and innovation programme on sustainable cities


The European Commission has appointed Allan Larsson, Chairman in the Swedish innovation program Viable Cities, as vice Chairman in the steering group that will lead the work within the EU on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.

- "The fact that the European Commission appoints our Chairman to such an important role in the Horizon Europe program is a sign that the world sees our innovation program as a pioneer," says Olga Kordas, program manager for Viable Cities and researcher at KTH. "The European Commission has followed our work in Viable Cities with great interest, and Allan Larsson's new role gives us a unique opportunity to take part in the powerful EU program and to contribute with Swedish experiences.

The background is as follows. Horizon Europe is the EU's new research and innovation program with an estimated budget of €100 billion for the period 2021-2027. Within Horizon Europe, the work on missions is a new feature. Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon, the EU's research and innovation program aims for clearly measurable goals to tackle some of the biggest challenges our world faces: cancer, climate change, healthy oceans, climate-neutral cities, and healthy soil and food.

The point is to start with bold and inspiring but clear objectives that can be achieved with measurable results that focus on the benefit of EU citizens and can bring together many actors across disciplines and sectors of society. The five missions have been formulated by the European Commission in cooperation with the Parliament. The steering groups, which have now been set up, will develop concrete forms of action.

For more information, please contact

Program manager Olga Kordas 070-213 23 26
Communication Strategist Åsa Minoz 072 - 210 88 26