BRUSSELS, 07-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has published its thought paper on the EU’s upcoming framework programme (FP9). Cefic concludes that a reliable growth strategy for the European economy can only be realised with partnership driven innovation to address major challenges, provide competitiveness and sustainability.
Speaking at the European Commission Conference Research & Innovation – shaping our future, which launched the debate on FP9, Jean Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay, highlighted: ”Together with Commissioner Moedas, we can imagine a new FP9 that nurtures a European-based research, innovation and science ecosystem linked to industry”.
According to Cefic, EU Research & Innovation (R&I) policy should focus on areas which cannot be sufficiently tackled by individual member states, such as energy, climate, mobility, health and digitalisation. Therefore, in order to help solve societal challenges and drive impactful results, public private partnerships are necessary.
When designing the new FP9, Cefic recommends taking into consideration:
- A Competitive Innovative Ecosystem: Engaging all actors and innovation from within one programme pillar. The innovation pillar should combine the Horizon 2020 industry pillar; a tailored programme for start-ups and entrepreneurs; and a European Innovation Council advising on R&I policy and engagement.
- A Balanced R&I Portfolio: Planning and steering all initiatives with the aim of continuously delivering the highest overall impact.
- A Competitive European Manufacturing Base: Key enabling technologies in process technologies and enabling materials should be the backbone of this change to ensure manufacturing in Europe is boosted.
- Sustainable Development & Impact: Results should be measured in terms of impact, replication potential, and benefits to society, environment and the economy to safeguard growth and jobs.
Framework Programmes (FPs) are the EU’s funding instruments created to foster and build R&I aimed at improving Europe’s competitiveness, drive economic growth, address key challenges and create impact in society, environment and the economy. FPs target an increased investment in R&I, an improved overall speed to market, and – provided the right framework conditions and settings are created among value chain partners – easier and more fruitful cooperation in a pre-competitive environment.
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