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10/06/2014 - 11:23

Key Enabling Experience in Villach

What a perfect week – an exciting conference in Villach on the role of regions in the implementation of the European Electronics Strategy and then a few days of well received holidays, to charge the batteries for the final mile on the implementation plan for the electronics roadmap.

The conference has

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14/03/2014 - 16:31

From aspiration to innovation...

Preparing the future is a task everybody should envisage in their private and professional lives. The future is not just something that happens, it is something we live.

Bearing this in mind, the Components Unit organised a brokerage event to inform our stakeholders of the opportunities in Horizon 2020


17/12/2013 - 14:44

Great expectations for the electronics community

Satisfaction, because this meeting with the electronics industry representatives subscribed to the view that a healthy electronics sector is an essential part of the European economy. Electronics support innovation and competitiveness in all economic sectors. And even more encouraging, industry in Europe is ready to engage full force.

Therefore we launched an electronics strategy for Europe in May 2013. As part of the strategy we have put forward ECSEL: a €5 billion public-private partnership between industry, the Member States and the EU, due to be up and running next year. Implementing the strategy concerns most if not all industrial players in Europe – including those to whom we have to reach out. And it will ultimately


17/12/2013 - 14:39

Research and development in nanoelectronics and embedded systems

ARTEMIS and ENIAC were both established in February 2008 in order to create and implement strategic research programmes in the areas of embedded systems and nanoelectronics. They are public-private partnerships funded by industry along with research organisations, participating Member States and the Commission.

Both ENIAC and Artemis supported successful research projects meant to bring added value to the European citizens. The 52 ARTEMIS projects to date represent a total R&D investment of €990 million. In the ENIAC case, the 50 projects to date represent a total R&D investment of €1.795 billion. And the results of these partnerships exceed expectations!

I am also particularly pleased that the story will have a follow-up; for ENIAC and ARTEMIS the end will be a new beginning. This is


09/10/2013 - 14:44

Innovation in Action

This event (called 'Innovation in Action') was timely, as the Council and Parliament are currently discussing the European Commission’s proposals on JTIs under Horizon 2020. The debate, which took place in the European Parliament, focused on how these JTIs have helped to improve Europeans’ quality of life and Europe's competitiveness.

In case you don't know what the "JTIs" are, here is a very short explanation: JTIs are a novel and unique model of public-private partnership (PPP) launched under the Seventh Framework


16/07/2013 - 11:24

ECSEL: Excellence in Electronics

It is no secret that, in our daily life, we have come to rely more and more on electronic components and systems; these technologies and the solutions that they provide are the very basis of our everyday devices, such as mobile phones and computers. Electronics are good for businesses and they have a huge potential for creating growth and jobs in Europe. 

But we need to work together and focus on common goals in order to remain competitive in Europe. To help Europe and European businesses rise to the challenge, the European Commission adopted, on May 2013, a "European Industrial Strategy for Electronics".

One of the key actions of this strategy is the creation of ECSEL, a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) designed

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