Research and innovation play a crucial role in furthering European integration by promoting competitiveness, productivity, and employment across the EU. SFP envisions these efforts fostering collaboration through initiatives like the Erasmus+ program and Horizon Europe, which support student exchanges and joint research projects. By investing in high-quality research and development, the EU can address common challenges, drive sustainable development, and enhance digital and ecological transitions. This collaborative approach not only strengthens the EU’s global position but also deepens integration by uniting member states around shared goals and innovations​