Launch of next generation EU programmes 2021-2027


Next generation of four EU programmes managed by Rannis will be launched on 15 April 2021 at 14:00-16:00. The opening event will be streamed directly from the Reykjavik Municipal Theatre. Due to Covid-19 restrictions no audience is allowed, but anyone interested can watch the event on the Rannis website, as Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Creative Europe will be officially launched in Iceland.

The objective of the opening event is to launch the next generation of Horizon Europe in the field of research and innovation; Erasmus+ for education and training, youth and sport;  European Solidarity Corps  for community projects and volunteer work; and Creative Europe for culture and media, promote main novelties and increase awareness of the importance of EU collaboration with focus on the Icelandic knowledge community at large. At the same time, there will be an opportunity to look at success stories in order to reach out to potential new participants as well as the general public.

As no audience is allowed due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the event will be followed up with promotional events and workshops focusing on each programme and target group, motivating participation and providing more detailed technical information. 

Please note that the event will be in Icelandic, apart from the EU Commission adress and the final words.


  • Opening adress. Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture.
  • EU Commission address. Adrienn Kiraly, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Maryia Gabriel - Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
  • Next generation EU programmes 2021-2027. Looking ahead and building on success. Informal dialogue with programme managers for EU programmes managed by Rannis, together with programme participants.
    • Rúna Vigdís Guðmarsdóttir, Director of the National Agency for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and Álfhildur Leifsdóttir teacher at Árskóli primary school, Erasmus+ participant. 
    • Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Coordinator of Horizon Europe and Rúnar Unnþórsson professor and Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Iceland, H2020 project coordinator.
    • Ragnhildur Zoëga, Director of the Creative Europe Desk in Iceland and Gísli Örn Garðarsson, actor, director and film producer.
    • Videos with selected funded projects from all programmes.
  • Final words. Lucie Samcová-Hall Allen, Ambassador of the European Union to Iceland.

Below is a direct link to the launch event: 

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