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    XXVIII EUREKA MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

    Wednesday 22 June 2022 - Ministers and their representatives, hosted by Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Elvira Fortunato, gathered in Estoril for the Eureka XXVIII Ministerial Conference.

    Together, they stressed the importance of Eureka in the global research, development and innovation landscape and recognised its unique role in supporting the development of ground-breaking innovations that are boosting world economies, creating jobs and have real positive societal impact.

    Ministers and their representatives reaffirmed their commitment and national support to continue and further the development of Eureka.

    Of particular note, Canada and South Korea became full members of Eureka. Chile was reassociated to the network.

    The European Partnership on Innovative SMEs, the biggest SME-focused action in the European innovation ecosystems under the EU’s Horizon Europe, was launched by Minister Fortunato and Commission Research and Innovation Director-General Paquet.

    Read the full Ministerial Conference communiqué here.

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