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European Commissioner of Research highlights EMRP as exceptional

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner of Research, in her opening speech at the Joint Programming Conference in Dublin, Ireland, highlighted the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) as one of the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) success stories. She said: "In the field of metrology, the proportion of European research co-ordinated either through public-public partnerships or by the Framework Programme reaches almost 50%."

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There are over 20 JPIs, which aim to join up national research programmes in Europe to meet challenging targets in important areas. However, only a handful are reaching their potential. "These are very welcome developments, but they remain the exception," said Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn in relation to the EMRP and a number of other JPIs.

The last tranche of EMRP projects have now commenced and the proposed successor programme 'European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research' (EMPIR) is being developed.

EMPIR, if approved, will be delivered by European members and partners of Europe's Metrology Community (EURAMET) with substantial financial support from Europe's forthcoming initiative Horizon 2020. For EMPIR to be implemented it is reliant on the European Commission (EC) putting forward a proposal that must pass the European Parliament and Council of the European Union's co-decision process.

To pursue the uptake of EMPIR, the EC recently held a meeting for key stakeholders. Representatives from governments, industry, standardisation and accreditation bodies and the European and international metrology community met in Brussels. Angus Hunter (OPTIMAT), the rapporteur of the independent experts in charge of the mid-term evaluation of the EMRP, gave a very positive statement on the programme based on the report.

Read the full speech from Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

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Last Updated: 18 Apr 2013
Created: 11 Apr 2013

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