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European lawmakers adopt resolution on R&D cooperation

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

As reported in port2port:

The conference. That was held at the Knesset, adopted a resolution committing members to expanding market-oriented R&D projects

A group of European parliamentarians met last week at the Knesset for the 17th biennial Eureka inter-parliamentary conference. The conference adopted a resolution committing members to expanding market-oriented R&D projects and to fostering a “European culture of innovation.”

The conference, chaired by Knesset Science and Technology Committee head Meir Sheetrit, in the presence of US-Israeli Nobel Prize laureate Robert Aumann, adopted the resolution unanimously, setting five key goals, including expansion of EUREKA’s services to support through all phases of the value chain and becoming an investment promotion centre to interact with public and private financial stakeholders. In response to these goals, Dr Eli Opper, current EUREKA Chairman, said that the global economy was changing quickly and that EUREKA must adapt accordingly.

This was the first time Israel hosted the Eureka inter-parliamentary conference, which brought together lawmakers from around half of Eureka’s members states.

Eureka, the pan-European network for market- oriented industrial research & development and innovation, is composed of 40 members – all 27 European Union states, the European Commission itself, and 12 non-EU countries in the wider region, including Israel.