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The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3 December 2014 (9.00 - 12.30 & 15.00 - 18.30) and Thursday, 4 December 2014 (9.00 - 12.30 & 15.00 - 18.30) in JAN 2Q2.
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- Work in Progress: 18.11.2014 (updated regularly)
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- Upcoming Publications:
Study on 'Horizon 2020: Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), Booster for European Leadership in the Manufacturing Sector'
Study on 'How can European industry contribute to growth and foster European competitiveness?'

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Presentations by the European Commission on COSME & Horizon 2020

During its meeting on 17 November, the European Commission will present on COSME, and Director General Robert-Jan Smits will present on "Horizon 2020 implementation: state of play".
Furthermore, the "Renewal of the Agreement on cooperation in science and technology between the European Community and Ukraine" and the "Cooperation Agreement on a Civil Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) between the European Community and its Member States and the Kingdom of Morocco" will be voted in the meeting.

Presentations of Bio-based Industries joint undertaking and study on KET

On the 6 of November, the ITRE committee will hold presentations by European Commission and the BBI, explaining the way from Horizon 2020 to the JTIs, as one of the possible PPPs foreseen in the basic act, taking as an example, the new Bio-based Industries joint undertaking. The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). The EU contribution (Horizon 2020) is expected to be €975 million, while the Bio-based Industries Consortium will contribute €2730 million.
Furthermore, there will be a presentation of the study on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that are crucial for the competitiveness and renewal of European manufacturing. It examines the nature of KETs, and the drivers and barriers to their deployment, including an assessment of the current KETs situation in the EU in a global perspective. A broad overview of European policies and financing instruments precedes an in depth assessment of the role of KETs in Horizon 2020. The analysis continues with a look at their contribution to growth, impact on employment and skills requirements.

Hearing on EU energy security strategy

The ITRE Committee will organise a hearing on 5 November on "EU energy security strategy under the conditions of the internal energy market". The hearing will focus on issues relating to the European Energy Security Strategy that was released in May by the Commission in response to the political crisis in Ukraine and the overall importance of energy security.

Presentation and responsibilities
Committee responsible for:
1. the Union’s industrial policy and related measures, and the application of new technologies, including measures related to SMEs;
2. the Union’s research and innovation policy, including science and technology as well as the dissemination and exploitation of research findings;
3. European space policy;
4. the activities of the Joint Research Centre, the European Research Council, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, as well as JET, ITER and other projects in the same area;
5. Union measures relating to energy policy in general and in the context of the establishment and functioning of the internal energy market, including measures relating to:
(a) the security of energy supply in the Union,
(b) the promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy,
(c) the promotion of interconnection of energy networks and energy efficiency including the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the energy infrastructure sector;
6. the Euratom Treaty and Euratom Supply Agency; nuclear safety, decommissioning and waste disposal in the nuclear sector;
7. the information society, information technology and communications networks and services, including technologies and security aspects and the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the telecommunication infrastructure sector as well as the activities of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).
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With reindustrialization as the overarching aim, the ITRE Committee will have four priority areas on which to concentrate.
First of all, we must ensure that EU’s legal and economic framework enables the European industrial sector to become more innovative. This will require adapting and mobilizing EU’s R&D and education programs to effectively respond to the actual needs of the industry.
Secondly, EU’s policies must boost the development and growth of European small and medium-sized enterprises. Helping strengthen SMEs is as much about financing, as about openness of research programs, skills-development training schemes, or fiscal legislation.
Our third priority area is to build a true European digital market. It is about the advantages of scale of a European market to lower the costs and drive the innovativeness of Europe’s businesses. Both ITRE and the Parliament as a whole can show a very good record in this field – and we will still go further, with new legislation.
Last, but perhaps most importantly, exploiting the full potential of EU’s common energy policy will be a fundamental priority for us. Only with secure energy can we make our economy globally competitive and avoid economic decline.
Our aim is to bring the European economy back on the growth track, and to do so in a sustainable way. We want to make Europe a better place to live.