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ICT Technology Platforms call for greater role in designing FP7

Six Technology Platforms (TPs), active in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector have welcomed the progress made towards the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), but called for a clearer role for such platforms in the definition of FP7. The six TPs are incr...

Six Technology Platforms (TPs), active in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector have welcomed the progress made towards the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), but called for a clearer role for such platforms in the definition of FP7. The six TPs are increasingly working together to ensure synergy between their strategic research agendas, and to make their voices heard. ARTEMIS, eMobility, ENIAC, ISI, NEM and NESSI have established an inter-TP coordination group, and they are currently reflecting on their 'roadmaps' showing the path from research to innovation. In a joint statement, the six TPs also say that they are working together with the European Commission, Member State administrations and the private sector in order to address issues beyond research that will affect the transfer of new technology into marketable products and services, and that they are actively seeking to extend the membership of TPs. In return, the statement calls for 'an acknowledgement of the effort made to establish ETPs [European Technology Platforms] representative of the stakeholders in their field by giving the ETPs a clear mandate and advisory role in the structuring, definition and organisation of FP7'. The joint statement also asks for the rapid adoption of FP7 to maintain momentum, and a 'thorough follow-up of the declarations on simplification of the administrative procedures to reduce overheads in cost and time associated with the selection and implementation of projects'.