Developing innovative solutions to our water challenges
One year after having launched the European Innovation Partnership, we can already show the first results of our efforts. We developed and adopted our Strategic Implementation Plan last December, providing us with a joint agenda on priority areas for work. 40 million Euros have been allocated to these priorities in a call under the 7th Framework Programme for Research to fund innovation and demonstration projects. We received 64 proposals involving more than 700 individual organizations. This has by far exceeded our expectations, and is very encouraging. Momentum has been created and now we must keep it up and face the remaining challenges. We need to find better ways to include the private sector and industry in this initiative by finding the right incentives. We need to make sure that we do not stop at identifying barriers to innovation but also take that crucial next step to remove them. I am confident that we will be able to make significant steps forward in facilitating the development of innovative solutions to our many water challenges while taking advantage of the market opportunities that come with them.