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Maria da Graça Carvalho hosts exhibition "Joint Technology Initiatives: Innovation in action"

2011-10-05 - Informação à Imprensa

Europe's Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) are investing €10 billion in highly successful research and innovation projects that are boosting innovation in key sectors for European competitiveness, job creation, and quality of life. The JTIs are a novel and unique model of public-private partnership (PPP), and the results emerging from JTI-funded projects highlight the success of the JTI model.

The five JTIs -ARTEMIS (embedded computing systems), Clean Sky (aeronautics and air transport), ENIAC JU (nano-electronics), FCH JU (fuel cells and hydrogen) and IMI (innovative medicines) - are presenting their impressive achievements at a dedicated event in the European Parliament from 4th to 6th of October.

Maria da Graça Carvalho, hosts this event in the quality of member of the Committee of Industry, Energy and Research of the European Parliament, considers that "Innovation is crucial for growth and creation of jobs in Europe. JTI´s are powerful instruments to bring knowledge into the market in Key Technologies".

Between them, the JTIs have a total budget of €10 billion, around a third of which comes from the European Commission, with the rest leveraged from industry, research and the EU Member States. The JTIs are investing these funds in ambitious research and training projects that bring together experts from academia, small and medium-sized enterprises, industry, and other groups. As such, they cover the full innovation chain.

The projects highlighted this week during the exhibition and thematic sessions are already generating tangible results that will improve Europeans' quality of life through cleaner and quieter air and ground transport, improved energy security and efficiency, better and safer medical treatment, enabled by improved cross-cutting computing technology and advanced nano-electronics.

"The results and forecast gains presented here could never have been achieved by any one organisation on its own, nor by collaborative projects involving a handful of partners. Only by pooling the expertise and know-how of industrial and academic partners, and public and private sector talent in game-changing collaborations across entire sectors can advances of this order of magnitude be achieved. The Joint Technology Initiatives are reshaping the environment for R&D in Europe, in the spirit of the Europe 2020 strategy"  -  a statement released jointly by the Executive Directors of the five organisations (Eric Schutz - ARTEMIS, Eric Dautriat - Clean Sky, Andreas Wild - ENIAC JU, Bert De Colvenaer - FCH JU, and Michel Goldman - IMI).