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Ireland holds since the beginning of 2013 the Presidency of the European Union and will decide on the priorities of the Union for the months to come. Irish Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock gave on the 23 January a speech to the European Parliament, the Institution representing the people of Europe.
Minister Sherlock reminded the assistance of the importance of research and innovation for the economic recovery and growth in the EU. Two of the main priorities of the new EU Presidency will be making Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) more innovative, and completing the European Research Area, making Europe a place where innovators can easily move from country to country and access public funding in any country in Europe.
'RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ARE IMPORTANT FOR RECOVERY AND GROWTH IN THE EU.'
Those are also respectively the priorities of Eurostars, EUREKA's funding programme for high-tech small businesses and of EUREKA itself, which was created as a cooperation platform across innovation funding agencies based in different European countries, encouraging them to share funding for projects involving innovators from different parts of Europe.