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Europe 2020 is the EU's new growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.

Photonics and Organic Electronics figure high in three flagship initiatives that were recently launched in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy: Digital Agenda (adopted in May 2010), Innovation Union (adopted in Oct. 2010) or an industrial policy for the globalisation era (adopted in Oct. 2010).

  • Digital Agenda and Solid State Lighting (SSL) : The Digital Agenda is one of the flagship initiatives of the EU2020 strategy that Commissioner Neelie Kroes is promoting. The initiative was published in May 2010 and defines the key enabling role that ICT will have to play if Europe wants to succeed in its ambitions for. The Digital Agenda is setting out Europe's strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020 and includes two actions on Solid State Lighting (SSL), covering both organic and inorganic LED technology : The publication of a Green Paper on SSL and the inclusion, by the Member States, of specifications for total lifetime costs in public procurement of their lighting installations. For further information on SSL under the Digital Agenda, click here .
  • Call for sponsoring a lighting installation in the European Commission headquarter : submit proposals to sponsor a pilot action for the installation of an innovative lighting solution based on Solid State Lighting (SSL) technologies (LEDs and/or OLEDs) in the Berlaymont building in Brussels . The Call is to be seen as part of the European Commission's efforts to promote the wider deployment of advanced SSL and more specifically, in the context of the Green Paper "Lighting the Future ".
  • Photonics, a Key Enabling Technology (KET) for Europe : Photonics was featured as one of the Key Enabling Technologies ( KETs ) in the Commission's communication on ' Preparing for our future: Developing a common strategy for key enabling technologies ' (adopted in Sept. 2009). The aim of the Communication is to foster the industrial deployment and commercialisation of KETs in Europe and, through them, facilitate the renewal and modernisation of the EU’s industrial base. The KET initiative bridges across the three EU 2020 flagship initiatives touching upon R&D&I.

    As a follow-up to the Communication, a High-Level expert group (HLG) on KETs was established. It is composed of leaders in their areas, representing EU Member States, relevant European industries, SMEs, the research community and European Investment Bank. The HLG is tasked to develop an independent report, which shall provide policy recommendations for a common European strategy that would allow the enhanced industrial deployment of KETs in the EU. The report is due for July 2011. For further information on the HLG and or on photonics as a KET .
  • Pilot actions in Solid State Lighting under the CIP 2011 Work Programme : The 2011 work-programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) includes a specific objective on large scale pilot actions in Solid State Lighting (SSL). These pilot actions are intended to demonstrate the best use of innovative lighting systems based on SSL for better light quality and control with a substantial reduction in energy consumption. For further information on the SSL pilot actions under CIP and the 2011 call for proposals, click here .
  • Calls for tenders for studies in the field of Photonics and Organic and large-area electronics (OLAE), click here .

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