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Boost AUTOmotive SMEs participation IN FP7


The automotive industry, in Europe is responsible for about 10 million jobs (direct and indirect) and one out of ten European automotive workers lives in the new Member States. Although the automotive production of the new Member States occupies a rather small share in the overall European production, at national level this industry is a major driver of the economy in those new Member States In Europe 99% of the enterprises are SMEs and in particularly the automotive Industry is characterised by a high number of small and medium sized companies spread by the whole continent as component suppliers for the large internationally owned manufacturers. However, due to structural shifts in the automotive industry, the need for R&D investment for those small and medium sized suppliers has increased markedly. This initiative aims to increment the Research and Innovation potential in automotive SMEs, mainly from the New Member States and Candidate Countries by providing to no-profit organizations from those countries, instruments to assist the SMEs to take advantage of the European Research opportunities to carry on their Research and Innovation projects. This Specific Support Action will be designed and implemented within a time scale of 12 months and it will cover the period of the final definition of the FP7, the opening of the first calls(foreseen to November 2006) and most probably it will cover also the closing of the first calls (March/April 2007). This timing is very suitable for the project objective as it will provide support to the SMEs in a moment where the information about new rules, definitions, instruments, priorities, contract models and Technology Platforms will be defined and available. The activities foreseen in this initiative will result in fruitful co-operation in RTD between New, Old and Future member States and stimulate generation of innovative projects in the field of Surface Transport.

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