Building on the experience of the PASR SeNTRE and STACCATO, the 2 year CRESCENDO Coordination Action intends to respond to the request of the users and the experts who attended these first workshops to continue working together and to enlarge their activities. They raised concerns on how to improve the innovation process, how to create a real European security market and how to strengthen European competitiveness by closing the loop between academia, industry, including SMEs and the users. By responding to the topic “European Security Research Networks”, CRESCENDO will also support the work of the new European Security Research & Innovation Forum (ESRIF). It shall focus on the following objectives: - Operation of an enlarged security network comprising public stakeholders, industries, SMEs, RTOs, think tanks and academia in the EU 27, with a specific focus on the new Member states, as well as in the Associated Countries, - Deeper analysis of the environment: .Evolution of societal security (threats and risks), .Policies, regulation and standardization analysis in order to define processes for harmonized, ubiquitous, clear and unambiguous, regulations, policies and standards. - Recommendations for a Comprehensive Innovation Process aiming at identifying the best possible structure for the “security supply chain”, i.e. the European Security and Technological Industrial Base (STIB), - A strategic R&D Roadmap aiming at supporting the EC, ESRIF working groups and EU Member States in preparing European and national research programmes, - Consolidation and continuous dialogue and recommendations for future development and acquisition programmes at European and national levels paving the way towards a European Security Equipment Market (ESEM). CRESCENDO will gather homogeneous communities of experts and users, to address the FP7 missions through workshops and interviews coordinated by CEA, with the main RTOs, industries and related associations as partners.
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