Study supporting the assessment of EU Missions

Full Project Title: Study supporting the assessment of EU Missions, the review of mission areas and the analysis of EU Missions’ portfolio of instruments and actions

EFIS Centre led this study collaborating with partners from Austrian Institute for SME Research, Visionary Analytics, Utrecht University and Claire Nauwelaers. The aim of this project was to conduct an appraisal of the five EU missions, assess the mission areas and conduct an analysis of the portfolio of instruments and actions. The five missions analysed:

  • Adaptation to Climate Change: Support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030
  • Cancer: Improving the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and for those affected by cancer including their families, to live longer and better
  • Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030
  • 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030
  • A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.

The study contributed the evidence base for the Staff Working Document and Commission Communication of July 2023 on the progress of the EU Missions. The study was structured in five main tasks:

  1. An assessment of the five individual EU Missions selection process and of their governance, budget, focus and progress to date.
  2. A review of the five mission areas to assess their current and future policy relevance.
  3. An analysis of the EU Missions’ portfolio of instruments and actions.
  4. Collection and analysis of feedback from relevant stakeholders.
  5. Organisation of online policy workshops to validate and disseminate the results


Various research methods were employed, including an online survey, semi-structured interviews, desk research and a literature review, data-analysis of major trends in each mission area, a mapping exercise of policy initiatives and a series of workshops.  The study team produced seven reports, including policy briefs and summary presentations for each of the missions and the mission areas for use by the European Commission.

You can access the five assessment reports through these links:

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