October 2017 - The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) welcomes the work undertaken by the “High Level Group (HLG) on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes”, led by Pascal Lamy. We would like to take the opportunity to contribute to the debate by providing comments on the recommendations relevant for the Civil Aeronautics, Space and Security sectors.
Institutional funding for research is pivotal to enable European industry to remain at the cutting-edge of innovation and competitiveness, which in turn brings growth and societal progress for Europe’s citizens. It is essential to position Research and Innovation as a top policy priority of the EU in order to tackle the innovation deficit faced by Europe.
The pre-requisite to maintaining European industrial leadership and excellence is to develop first-rank technology suppliers; able to design, produce and deliver state-of-the-art products to their customers in Europe and beyond.
Increasing the research budget in the next Multiannual Financial Framework is thus a top priority. Ensuring maximum efficiency of these programmes - and designing their architecture in accordance – both now and for the period after 2020, is another crucial objective to be pursued.
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