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EU Economic Recovery plan:
Commission and Industry agree on swift implementation of public private partnerships in Research and Innovation

Brussels, 01 April 2009

On the eve of the G20, where the different plans for economic recovery will be discussed, EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik, today agreed with high-level representatives of the automotive, construction and manufacturing sectors that smart investments in clean technologies should be made within a public private partnership framework. They recognized the importance of coordination of such investments at EU level.

Together, they have issued a Joint Statement to affirm their agreement to move ahead in the implementation of the research Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the "Factories of the Future", "Energy-efficient Buildings" and "Green Cars" initiatives included in the European Economic Recovery Plan adopted in November 2008.

EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, said: "Making smart investments in research and innovation now is the recipe for tomorrow's success. The EU's sustainable growth and its leadership position on the global scene are at stake. By moving together in the same direction, we can make it. It is no time for a break in research investments!"

The first steps for these partnerships will be the publication of joint cross-thematic calls for research projects by the end of July, funded by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development of the European Commission.

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