Expert Group evaluates Joint Programming to address grand societal challenges

The final report of an Expert Group set up to evaluate Joint Programming to address grand societal challenges has been published. The report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Expert Group. Each of the 10 JPIs and 4 other P2Ps were consulted to gain their perspective. Furthermore, the report is based on survey responses from policy level stakeholders in 33 countries and discussions with the GPC, as well as taking into account the outcome of two conferences on the issues in Brussels (Jan 2016) and in Lund (Dec 2015).

The analysis suggests that participating countries can be grouped into three main categories: leaders, selective players and marginal players. Less than 50% of the 33 countries that responded to the survey invitation consider that they are actively participating in the JPIs at a high level.

The key message from this report is that the Joint Programming Process does not yet have sufficient commitment from national stakeholders to achieve its potential. To improve the situation, the report gives a set of specific short term recommendations aimed at the main stakeholders of the joint programming process. However, according to the report it seems unlikely that all of the current JPIs will be able to secure sufficient national commitment to becoming truly joint programmes. Since there is not yet any procedure or milestone to change this situation there is a long-term risk to the JPI portfolio beyond the current Framework Programme.

The final and long-term recommendation of the Expert Group is addressed to all policy stakeholders that will play an influential role in the planning process, due to start in 2017, for the next Framework Programme:

Each of the JPIs (and any other prospective ones) should be invited to consider their longer term strategy in terms of socio-economic impact objectives/deliverables and what support instruments they would need from the next Framework Programme. Any such proposals should, of course, include firm commitments from national stakeholders (including how they will integrate the JPI within national programming) and, where appropriate other, societal challenge stakeholders such as industry.


The Expert Group had been set up by the European Commission (EC) in 2015, in order to carry out this evaluation. The report is prepared by Angus Hunter, Juan Tomas Hernani, Claire Giry, Kristin Danielsen, and Leonidas Antoniou. A previous review of the Joint Programming Process had been carried out in 2012.

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