Directorate-General Research & Innovation (RTD)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General is responsible for the development and implementation of EU research and innovation policies. It manages the European Framework Programmes that support research and innovation.

The main tasks are:

  • to develop European Union policy in the field of research and technological innovation, with special emphasis on the improving the competitiveness of European businesses
  • to coordinate the European research activities in the member states
  • managing the EU's research programmes
  • to promote a better understanding of the role of science in modern society and to stimulate public debate on a European level about matters related to research


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 522 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
05.06.2024  .
Report com(2024)231
18.03.2024  Implementation of the New European Innovation Agenda.
Report com(2024)121
27.02.2024  Advanced Materials for Industrial Leadership.
Communication com(2024)98
29.01.2024  Ex post evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation.
Report com(2024)49
24.01.2024  WHITE PAPER On options for enhancing support for research and development involving technologies with dual-use potential.
White paper com(2024)27


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 124 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
13.09.2023  EU position within the Joint Committee EU-the Government of the Faroe Islands on the participation of the Faroe Islands in Union programmes, as regards the adoption of ...
Decision com(2023)513
28.06.2023  Amendment of Decision (EU) 2017/1324 as regards the continuation of the Union’s participation in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area ...
Decision com(2023)359
29.03.2023  Extension of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the EC and the Government of the USA.
Decision com(2023)176
07.03.2023  Signing and provisional application of the Agreement with New Zealand on the participation of New Zealand in Union programmes.
Decision com(2023)112
27.10.2021  Renewal of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the EC and Brazil.
Decision com(2021)653


Legislation in force

There are at least 91 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
24.01.2024  Enhancing research security.
Recommendation com(2024)26
09.08.2022  Guiding principles for knowledge valorisation.
Recommendation com(2022)391
16.07.2021  Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe.
Recommendation com(2021)407
30.11.2011  Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020).
Decision com(2011)811
15.07.2008  EC legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure (ERI).
Regulation com(2008)467