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Poland reproduces EU Technology Platforms at home

The popularity of EU Technology Platforms is evident. Since 2001, 22 platforms have been created, bringing together all interested parties in a given sector to develop a strategic research agenda. While the initiative was originally intended by the European Commission to gath...

The popularity of EU Technology Platforms is evident. Since 2001, 22 platforms have been created, bringing together all interested parties in a given sector to develop a strategic research agenda. While the initiative was originally intended by the European Commission to gather stakeholders from across Europe, individual countries are now beginning to recognise the national benefit that such platforms could bring, and are creating their own versions accordingly. Poland is pioneering this course, and has now created 18 Technology Platforms of its own. Speaking to CORDIS News, Dr Andrzej Slawinski from the Polish National Contact Point (NCP) said that the reasons for transposing the EU initiative into Polish research policy are twofold. The government would like to prepare the Polish research community for participation in European activities, and also to help the country's research institutes to become more involved in the development of technology. While Poland is one of the first countries to support national Technology Platforms, Dr Slawinski is sure that other countries will follow suit. The 18 Polish Technology Platforms overlap thematically with those at EU level, but do not address exactly the same issues. Some of the national platforms are particularly relevant to Polish needs, explained Dr Slawinski. And Poland is not stopping with the establishment of national Technology Platforms. The initiative will be funded through a national framework programme, said Dr Slawinski. The Polish framework programme has not yet been full defined, and the work of the Technology Platforms will be central to their final configuration, explained Dr Slawinski. 'The Technology Platforms will prepare a strategic research agenda. This will be the core of the framework programme,' he said. Although no timeline has been formalised, Dr Slawinski expects the national framework programme to be put in place quickly. While many of the Technology Platforms have been established recently, three have been operating for a year already. One such platform is that on construction technology. The group brings together all of Poland's largest construction companies and research institutes, and has provided the government with insights into how the other platforms should be structured.

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