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Abstract

1. A Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (the CIP) focusing on small and mediumsized enterprises is a concept that is fundamentally to be welcomed.
2. One point that should be spelt out is that many types of EU aid lie outside the scope of the CIP but are intended to serve the same purposes, regional and agricultural support being two such cases. Some of this funding could be used expressly to promote innovation, a task to be undertaken across the board.
3. In the area in which research and innovation overlap, investments frequently do not prove worthwhile in each sector. There is a funding gap which is not covered by either FP7 or the CIP. Given that the funding for the CIP is decidedly modest, an attempt should be made to open up an appropriate support window in FP7.
4. When making the arrangements for the CIP, the Enterprise DG should set a good example as regards the aim of cutting down red tape and hence refrain from imposing any reporting requirements and supervision rules beyond what is absolutely necessary.

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Record Number: 7120 / Last updated on: 2005-11-04
Category: POLI