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EU Commission hosts high-level meeting to explore EU-US research and partnership opportunities
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05/02/2014 00:00:00

Key figures from Northern Ireland representing government, business and research bodies gathered at Titanic Belfast today for an Innovation and Technology seminar hosted by the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland under the Barroso NI Task Force Initiative. A high-level delegation from the US Secretary of State’s Office led by Mr Andrew O’ Brien, Secretary Kerry’s Special Representative for the Global Partnership Initiative, joined the Northern Ireland delegates and EU officials for a networking lunch to explore potential areas of EU-US partnerships in research and business opportunities in the future.

    EU Commission hosts high-level meeting to explore EU-US research and partnership opportunities

    The seminar, which was opened by Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, focused on the European Innovation Partnership, a new approach to EU research and innovation, which brings together key stakeholders in a forum to explore how innovation can be translated into real market opportunities. The theme of the seminar was 'Active and Healthy Ageing', which the European Commission has identified as an area which presents considerable potential for Europe to lead the world in providing innovative responses to this challenge. The EU and the US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on E-Health recognising the importance of shared best practices and collaborative innovation in healthcare.

    Colette FitzGerald, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, said: "Northern Ireland has an excellent opportunity to participate in the EU’s new Horizon 2020 Research programme worth some €80 billion over the next seven years. The ongoing collaboration between the EU and the US in the field of E-Health offers exciting possibilities for Northern Ireland companies to develop international partnerships leading to more growth and jobs."

    The U.S. delegation was in Northern Ireland as part of a new public-private initiative by the Department of State called Partnership Opportunity Delegations (PODs). The Northern Ireland 'POD' is focusing on creating potential cross-sectoral partnership opportunities that aim to boost Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, promote entrepreneurship, and increase overall economic growth.

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    • The NI Barroso Taskforce consists of Commission representatives working with Northern Ireland Departments to strengthen European engagement. It allows Northern Ireland the opportunity to share experiences with others and learn from working with other EU regions and Member States.

      Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the laboratory to the market.

      The eHealth Memorandum of Understanding promotes cooperation on eHealth between the European Commission and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to create new markets and growth opportunities for industry in the eHealth sector in both the EU and the US.

      For further enquiries, contact the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland on 028 9024 0708





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