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Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020 to launch first calls on 9 July 2014

Brussels, 30 June 2014

Public-private partnerships set up under the EU's new research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 will launch their first calls on 9 July 2014 in Brussels. The partnerships work in strategic areas such as medicines, fuel cells, air and rail transport or electronics. They represent an essential investment into Europe's economy and in a better quality of life.

They will launch calls for projects and partners at a stakeholder event in Brussels, which will be attended by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso along with the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as well as Commission Vice-Presidents Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, and Neelie Kroes, responsible for the digital agenda.

The proceedings will be web streamed on this page. A press release and MEMO will be available on the day

The stakeholder event will take place in the Thon Hotel, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels. (Registration is no longer possible.)

Programme  PDF icon 203 KB

Interview opportunities:

The event will involve seven public-private partnerships that work in a variety of areas crucial for Europe. The private partners will be represented by CEOs of companies involved in the joint undertakings. The CEOs will be available for interviews, which can be arranged with the respective press contacts below:

  • Innovative Medicines 2 (IMI2): to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 155 KB ).

Represented by Roch Doliveux, CEO of UCB. Interview requests should be directed to: Catherine Brett, IMI JU. Tel.: +32 541 8214, e-mail:

  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 (FCH2): to expand the use of clean and efficient technologies in transport, industry and energy
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 123 KB ).

Represented by Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy. Interview requests should be directed to: Luciano Gaudio, FCH JU. Tel.: +32 02 221 81 30, e-mail:

  • Clean Sky 2 (CS2): to develop cleaner, quieter aircraft with significantly less CO2 emissions
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 148 KB ).

Represented by Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of the Safran Group. Interview requests should be directed to: Maria-Fernanda Fau, Clean Sky JU. Tel.: +32 2 221 8159, e-mail:

  • Bio-based Industries (BBI): to use renewable natural resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 180 KB ).

Represented by Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes. Interview requests should be directed to: Patrick van Leeuwen, Bio-based Industries Consortium. Tel.: +32 475 964 772, e-mail:

  • Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL): to boost Europe’s electronics manufacturing capabilities
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 177 KB ).

Represented by Jean-Marc Chery, Chief Operating Officer of STMicroelectronics. Interview requests should be directed to: Alexis Breton, STMicroelectronics. Tel.: +336 5916 7908, e-mail:

  • Shift2Rail: to develop better trains and railway infrastructure that will drastically reduce costs and improve capacity, reliability and punctuality
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 138 KB ).

Represented by Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Rail Systems Division, Siemens AG, Infrastructure & Cities Sector. Interview requests should be directed to: Michaela Rossteuscher, Siemens AG. Tel.: +49 30 386 30003, e-mail:

  • SESAR 2020: to advance the technology needed to reform Europe's airspace
    (website | factsheet  PDF icon 140 KB ).

Represented by Massimo Garbini, Chief Executive Officer of ENAV. Interview requests should be directed to: Christine Stewart, SESAR JU. Tel.: +32 2 507 80 30, e-mail:


Eleven partnerships with industry (public-private) and Member States (public-public) are being launched under Horizon 2020. The overall investment over the next seven years as part of the Innovation Investment Package is worth nearly €23 billion, where the EU's contribution of €9 billion will secure a €10 billion investment from the private sector and €4 billion from Member States.

More Information:

European Commission:

Additional information:

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