The major players in the fields of nanoelectronics (ENIAC), embedded systems (ARTEMIS) and smart systems (EPoSS) who will all join forces under the new ECSEL , unanimously saluted the proposal.
Mr Wild, Schutz and Lugert emphasised that this is "the result of a concerted effort made by industry and the public authorities to create a new programme that builds on lessons learned and looks towards the future needs of our society".
The industry CEOs / Vice presidents from AVL (Helmut List), BOSCH (Harald Honniger) and INFINEON (Monika Kircher-Kohl) also expressed their commitment to the ambitious plans of the proposal.
Member States representatives (Ben Ruck –NL and Aldo Covello – IT) wholeheartedly welcomed the proposal.
The meeting was chaired by Khalil Rouhana, Director for "Components and System" in DG CONNECT. It was followed by a press conference of Vice President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn on EU and industry common effort to commit altogether €22 billion in an innovation investment package through partnerships.
NEXT STEPS: The Commission proposal will now be discussed in the Council and the European Parliament. It is expected to be adopted early 2014.
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