The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022 and also enters a new phase with increased funding made available for research on low-emission steelmaking and phasing out coal. On this occasion, the European Commission organised the RFCS Summit on 21 and 22 March 2022.
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In 2022, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) – whose origins in the European Coal and Steel Community are at the roots of modern European unity – celebrates its 20th anniversary and enters an era of profound modernisation, linking new funding to the objectives of the European Green Deal.
Under the management of the European Research Executive Agency (REA), EUR 40 million annually will now finance collaborative research whilst EUR 71 million will go to research for breakthrough technologies. This will lead to near-zero-carbon steelmaking – as well as research projects to manage the just transition of formerly operating coalmines in the process of closure, in line with the Just Transition Mechanism.
To mark the occasion, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I) and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) jointly co-hosted, together with the coal and steel communities, a high-level, hybrid, two-day event in Brussels on 21 and 22 March 2022, with the first day dedicated to steel, and the second to coal.
Day 1: Steel
Day 2: Coal