As EUREKA steps into a new Chairmanship, under the authority of Switzerland, Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, says a few words about what it all means for innovative entrepreneurs across Europe.
“EUREKA was established almost 30 years ago. As a founding member, Switzerland is delighted to note that the original vision of cooperation on research beyond national borders is more relevant now than ever. The 17 founding members have developed into a strong multilateral innovation network which now has 41 members and 2 associate member countries – what a great success! It is worth noting that EUREKA’s founding principles of support in accordance with the bottom up principle, a focus on research intensive SMEs and linking the initiative to ministries have stood the test of time.
Switzerland is very happy to take on the task of chairing EUREKA for the second time in 2014/2015. It is very important to us to use this time with our partner countries to further develop EUREKA. We have four main priorities. First of all, we would like to look at EUREKA’s range of tools. Do they (still) meet the current needs of European businesses? Our second focus is internationalisation and the associated relationships between companies. With which countries should EUREKA strengthen cooperation in the future? Thirdly is the question of how EUREKA should be positioned in European research and innovation. Where do synergies exist, for example relating to Horizon 2020? And finally, private sector involvement is important to us. How can communication channels be improved to give businesses easier access to EUREKA partnerships?
I am sure that we will not only be able to build on the organisation’s strong foundations, but also count on the commitment and support of EUREKA member countries. I would like to take this opportunity to already thank you for your support. Our EUREKA team headed by Bruno H. Moor, president of the Group of High-Level Representatives under Switzerland’s chairmanship of EUREKA, is very much looking forward to working with you.”