Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness and to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 buzz words are increasing impact and simplification.
Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
The forthcoming challenges according to Mr. Král are to overcome fragmentation of research and to use resources more effectively. Due to saturation of classical markets new application areas need to be identified and closer links between industry and academia. The EU invites the European robotics community to focus on societal challenges, competitiveness and research excellence. What is needed are coherent support for projects and organisations across the innovation cycle from research to retail and stronger support for innovation, including non-technological innovation and market take up.
Robotic Innovations from Europe
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Robotics 2020 PPP
According to Dr. Rainer Bischoff, Coordinator Cooperative Research, KUKA Laboratories GmbH and Chairman of EUROP "the European robotics community will lead the world in robotics by creating, designing, developing, innovating, manufacturing and distributing robotic product and services: thereby meeting many societal needs of EU citizens."
Objectives of the Robotics 2020 PPP is to develop strategic goals of European robotics and foster their implementation, to improve industrial competitiveness of Europe through innovative robotic technologies, to provide robotic products and services as key enablers for solving Europe‘s societal challenges, strengthen networking activities of the European robotics community, promote European Robotics, reach out to existing and new users and markets and to contribute to policy development and addressing ethical, legal and social issues.
A new legal entity called, euRobotics aisbl, will be established merging the two robotics networks EURON and EUROP. September 18, 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between EC and