EU: European CEO’s and managers petition European decision makers for R&D funding
Some 350 CEOs and managers from small companies all over the EU have signed a letter of support to the Eurostars Programme, a Europe-wide funding programme specially designed to support small and medium-sized businesses engaged in innovation and research.
Eurostars is a low red tape programme to help small companies in innovation – it has two cut-offs per year, a simple application form and a speedy evaluation. The petition of the CEO’s and managers was sent to key European decision makers.
The entrepreneurs made clear in their letter that their research projects, aiming at the creation of new technological projects would not have happened without Eurostars.
Eurostars is coming to an end in its current form and should be extended under the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU, to be launched in 2014, but there’s still a debate going on about the budget for Horizon 2020.
The European Commission proposed an increase in the budget for the current programme from € 50 bn (Framework Programme 7) to € 80 bn (Horizon 2020), but it’s still unsure whether the EU member states will accept this.
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