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The European Partnerships are key implementation tools of the EU research and innovation programmes. They are initiatives where the European Union, together with private and/or public partners (such as industry, public bodies or foundations) commit to support jointly the development and implementation of an integrated programme of research and innovation activities. Partnerships are open to a wide range of public and private partners, such as industry, universities, research organisations, bodies with a public service mission at local, regional, national or international level, and civil society organisations, including foundations and NGOs.

There are 49 European Partnerships in the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan and 37 Partnerships covered in the Biennial Monitoring Report (BMR) on European Partnerships. The Western Balkans are not yet very active in the Partnerships, but there is a potential to get more involved.