European Commission

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Acronym EC
Name European Commission
Description In May 2010, the European Union (EU) has launched its Digital Agenda for Europe flagship initiative, aiming at “rebooting Europe’s economy and helping Europe’s citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies”. It is then necessary to thoroughly explore the two-way interactions between technology and society, and, putting the human at the center of the analysis, to explore how the digital age can be a true success factor not only for EU’s competitiveness but also for EU’s values in the DAE area.

In this context, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has a particular importance since it can be defined as an inclusive approach to Research & Innovation (R&I), aiming at better aligning both the process and outcomes of R&I with the values, needs, and expectations of the society, notably through reinforcing public engagement, open access, gender dimension, ethical issues, and (formal and informal science) education.

The need for an RRI approach had been identified by European Commission’s DG Research & Innovation ( in the early 00’s, through its “Science and Society Action Plan” encouraging a better connection between science and European citizens. Today, RRI has become a cross-cutting issue in the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation covering the period 2014-2020 (see

Details on the approach of European Commission’s DG Connect (in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe - to go for RRI and SSH in ICT-related parts of the first work programme of Horizon 2020 (for 2014-2015) can be found at

Updates concerning DG Research & Innovation approach of RRI (under the theme “Science with and for society”) can be found at

Type of organization Public Administration
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