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ACTPHAST Talk at 5th meeting of the EU Member States’ Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) - Reinforcing the innovation capacity of SMEs

Thursday, 20 November, 2014

Prof. Hugo Thienpont of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Coordinator of the ACTPHAST program was invited to speak about ACTPHAST at the 5th meeting of the Member States’ Group on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Brussels on 20th November 2014. The theme of the meeting was "Reinforcing the innovation capacity of SMEs".

The talk was very well-received and it was concluded in the remarks of the Chair that ACTPHAST is an exemplary model to be followed.

The High-Level Group advises the Commission on the implementation of the strategy to boost KETs in Europe. The scope of issues discussed by the High-Level Group is broad and relates to research and innovation aspects, financial engineering mechanisms for KETs-projects, cooperation of KETs value chain stakeholders, trade and state aid related issues, human capital & skills and national and regional KETs’ policies.  The group aims to foster the industrial deployment of European KETs in order to keep pace with our main international competitors, restore growth, create jobs and help address today’s major societal challenges.