May 2011

EUROP Position Paper - Comments on the EC's Green Paper

On February 9th, 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper "From Challenges to Opportunities:  Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding", proposing major changes in research and innovation funding.  The purpose of these changes is to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. This was an official launch of a public consultation and discussion with stakeholders. The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.  

In May, EUROP as one of the 36 ETPs, submitted a Position Paper presenting its views and expectations regarding the Common Strategic Framework (CSF). The position paper is put together by the EUROP Executive Board based on work developed over the past few years within the Platform as well as discussions within the Working Group sessions at the European Robotics Forum 2011, on 6-8 April in Västerås / Sweden which brought together over 335 roboticists from all over Europe. 

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