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The Brussels Secretariat of EUREKA, the intergovernmental network promoting international, market-oriented research and innovation in Europe, welcomed on February 4, 2013 its new director. Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, a civil engineer, was previously Portuguese Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, a Director at the European Commission, responsible for several R&D programmes focussed on energy and information technology and deputy Director-General for the Secretariat for Portugal’s accession to the EU.
'MANY PEOPLE IGNORE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF EUREKA IN TERMS OF INVESTMENT - 30 BILLION EUROS IN 27 YEARS.'
With his extensive international experience, de Sampaio Nunes is well-placed to steer the Secretariat and advise its Network at this critical time where austerity measures must be carefully balanced with greater public support for innovation, to maintain Europe’s position in an increasingly competitive global market.
In his first statement, the Secretariat’s new director made clear his ambitions for EUREKA: ‘This organisation’s full potential still needs to be unleashed. Many people ignore the achievements of EUREKA in terms of investment – 30 billion euros in 27 years or in its many concrete results, from gsm and mp3 technologies through to innovative energy and environmental technologies.