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Sweden to chair EUREKA from July 2015

Home of IKEA, Volvo, Spotify and Minecraft and celebrities like Alfred Nobel, ABBA, LM Ericsson and Avicii, Sweden will chair the EUREKA Network for the second time for a one year period to start in July 2015. It will take over from the current Chairmanship of EUREKA, held by Switzerland.

From 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016, the Network will be characterised by such Swedish core values as transparency, openness, simplicity and efficiency. The Chairmanship will have the following priorities:

Priority 1: Towards a lean and efficient governance model

"More and more countries are competing high up the value chain with a qualified production of goods, services and academic research. Investment in research and innovation is therefore crucial for the competitiveness of enterprises."
- Per Tervahauta, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and incoming Chairman of the High Level Group of EUREKA.

As the EUREKA Network grows and conditions change, its organisational structure needs revising to create a lean and efficient governance model. This model should ensure that EUREKA continues to evolve as a leading platform for transnational industrial R&D&I cooperation, fostering competitiveness, growth and job creation.

Goal: Achieve a more appropriate organisational structure that promotes greater efficiency and transparency.

 

Priority 2: Creating a toolbox for Smart Globalisation
EUREKA offers a platform for bilateral and/or multilateral cooperation. Today’s global economy also makes openness to international cooperation increasingly important. To grow and become successful, SMEs need to access new and emerging markets.

EUREKA offers a multi-track approach to international collaboration based on the principle of variable geometry. New approaches and tools need to be developed to facilitate the set-up of calls with non-EUREKA countries.

Goal: Deliver a general methodology and toolbox for the implementation of a new tool and to carry out pilot calls.

 

Priority 3: Further establish EUREKA in European Innovation Policy

“EUREKA gives Sweden access to key competencies and new markets and is a flexible tool for Research and Innovation collaborations with more than 40 countries."
- Per Tervahauta, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and incoming Chairman of the High Level Group of EUREKA

In the past 30 years, EUREKA has supported transnational research and innovation cooperation between enterprises and between enterprises and academia. EUREKA has gained solid experience within this field, with substantial impact on European industry by supporting innovative business‐oriented projects.

Many of the initiatives that exist at the European level are set to strengthen transnational cooperation in research and innovation as well as to create the European Research Area. With its track record of successful R&D&I cooperation, EUREKA has the potential to further develop and contribute to the development of an efficient European funding landscape.

Goal: Establish EUREKA as an important stakeholder in European Innovation Policy and contribute to the implementation of the European Research and Innovation Area.

 

During the Swedish presidency, three major Network meetings will be held in Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm. In addition, there will be a EUREKA Innovation Event on 26-28 April 2016 in Stockholm focused on "Smart Cities - Sustainable & Attractive Communities". At the event you will have the opportunity to meet, share ideas, interact and discuss with stakeholders from European industry, SMEs, academia, policymakers, representatives from regional and local authorities and many more.

Programme highlights will include:

·         Innovation Forum

·         EUREKA Globalisation Initiatives

·         B2B Meetings

·         EUREKA Innovation Award

·         EUREKA Clusters meeting

Find out more about the event on the VINNOVA website: www.Vinnova.se/innoevent2016

For more information about the Swedish EUREKA Chairmanship, please contact Tomas Aronsson, Chair Coordinator or read more at: www.vinnova.se/eureka

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.