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Project Number:

248676

Project Acronym:

FORESTA

Project Title:

Fostering the Research Dimension of Science and Technology Agreements

Instrument:

CSA - Support Action

Thematic Priority:

FP7-ICT-2009-4-9.1 International cooperation

D2.9 Summary of Strategic Indications from EU Industry Due Date:

31 December, 2011

Submission Date:

31 January, 2012

Start Date of Project:

01/01/2010

Duration of Project:

24 months

Partner in Charge of Deliverable

TESEO

Version Status

FINAL

Dissemination Level

PU

File Name:

FORESTA_Deliverable-D2.9_FINAL.docx


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Table of Contents 1.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .......................................................................................... 4

2.

INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................... 6

3.

DATA COLLECTION ................................................................................................ 7

4.

3.1.

Industry ................................................................................................................. 7

3.2.

The Senior Officials ICT Working Group ............................................................... 9

3.3.

Horizon 2020 ......................................................................................................... 9

3.4.

Other Sources of Information ............................................................................... 10

PRIORITY INDICATORS IDENTIFIED................................................................ 13 4.1.

Priority Indicators Identified by Industry .............................................................. 13

4.2.

Priority Indicators Identified by the Senior Officials ICT Working Group ............ 15

4.3.

Priority Indicators Identified in Horizon 2020 ...................................................... 16

4.4.

Priority Indicators Identified by Other Sources ..................................................... 17

4.4.1.

The Madrid EU-LAC Action Plan 2010-2012 ............................................... 17

4.4.2.

The European Technology Platforms ............................................................ 18

4.4.3.

The First Project ........................................................................................... 19

4.4.4.

The European Future Internet Initiative ........................................................ 19

4.4.5.

The MaPEeR Project .................................................................................... 20

4.5.6 The FORESTA Joint Declaration ......................................................................... 21 5.

SYNTHESIS OF PRIORITIES FOR EU INDUSTRY ............................................ 22

6.

CONCLUSIONS – STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR EU INDUSTRY .................. 28 6.1.

Strategic Priorities Recommended for Policy-makers ........................................... 28

6.2.

Strategic Priorities Recommended for Industry..................................................... 30

ANNEXES ......................................................................................................................... 32 Annex I:

People and Organisations Providing Input .................................................... 32

Annex II:

Recommendations of the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council ...................... 34

Annex III:

Text of the FORESTA Joint Declaration ................................................... 36

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Tracking of Revisions and Changes

Date

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12 Dec 2011

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ROSE

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27 Jan 2012

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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FORESTA is a project dedicated to foster research cooperation between Latin America and the European Union in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The project seeks to bring a relevant and meaningful ICT research-policy dialogue at institutional level, via conferences and through analytical work on current research cooperation between EU and Latin America, to the attention of policy-makers and policy- and programme-implementers for consideration in their development of current and future national, regional and international programmes in support of ICT research and technological development and innovation (RTDI). The objective of this deliverable is to provide a summary of the input, positions and views of European industry representatives in order to develop a set of strategic priorities for EU industry in respect of the policy and thematic areas which should be covered and developed as strategic priorities in future EU and Latin American RTDI support activities both nationally, regionally and inter-regionally and, in so doing, facilitate future EU–LA cooperation. In addition to the active involvement of industry representatives, input was collected from the members of the Policy Dialogue Council, from industry and other stakeholder representatives who either participated in the FORESTA Conferences and/or in its final event in Brussels or who were contacted through follow-up activities. Valuable inputs also resulted from synergies and the sharing of information with other projects. The priorities indicated as most important were identified and are presented for each significant information source which included industry representatives, the Senior Officials ICT Working Group, Horizon 2020, the Madrid EU-LAC Action Plan 2010-2012, European Technology Platforms, the FIRST and MaPEeR projects, the European Future Internet Initiative and the FORESTA Joint Declaration. These were then analysed and synthesised into a set of priorities for EU industry which was further analysed leading to the extraction of a set of reasoned, strategic priorities for EU industry relating to what ICT sector companies should pursue under their own initiatives and what EU industry would like policy-makers to pursue in the EU and in Latin America. In summary, those priorities are set out hereunder: EU RTDI policy-makers at regional, national and EU level should prioritise the following actions as strategically important: 1.

Support ICT RTDI in all of the areas identified as priority for EU industry.

2.

Engage with, cooperate and coordinate their funding and other activities with equivalent counterparts in Latin America (i.e. an EU-LA dialogue) in all areas where there is synergy.

3.

Cooperate and coordinate their funding and other RTDI activities taking place exclusively within the EU, including exclusively in their own region and country, and taking place externally outside of the EU (i.e. an intra-EU dialogue).

4.

Develop common, strategic, ICT research agendas between the EU and Latin America where there is relevant experience to share or other mutual benefits to be realised.

5.

Provide for reciprocal access to regional, national and EU RTDI funding programmes on equal terms for all.

6.

Take a more active role in promoting the development of harmonised standards early in the RTDI process.

7.

Include special provisions for SMEs when setting research priorities.

8.

Simplify the process of accessing RTDI funding.

9.

Improve access to research infrastructure and facilities.

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10. Make e-Inclusion a priority. 11. Support RTDI for the use of ICT in the health sector as a priority. 12. Support and develop e-Government 13. Actively promote the development of Intelligent Transport Systems for road, rail, air and water. EU companies engaged in ICT RTDI should prioritise the following actions as strategically important: 1.

Investigate cooperation with entities in Latin America.

2.

Target all areas relating to network augmentation via integration of internet technologies and systems, including smart networking, as a key priority.

3.

Target all areas relating to cloud and grid computing and massive data-processing.

4.

Target equipment and services to take advantage of converged infrastructure.

5.

Target ICT for advanced e-Learning as a key priority.

6.

Target ICT for health-care as a key priority.

7.

Target software engineering.

8.

Target ICT for management of environmental protection and of sustainable use of natural resources.

9.

Target ICT for use in the security of society as a whole, but especially food, the Internet (infrastructure, applications, data and users), personal security and security for the protection of property.

10. Target Intelligent Transport Systems for road, rail, air and water transport. 11. Target the gaming sector. Pursuit of these priorities by each party will facilitate ICT innovation by EU industry and access by EU industry to new geographic, service and product markets as a result of that innovation process. It will also lead to a strengthening of intra-EU Links among companies, to the reinforcement and advancement of EU scientific and technical know-how, to the maintenance and creation of employment and thus to strengthening the EU as a whole. In addition, ICT RTDI links and cooperation between the EU and Latin America will develop and this will lead to increased market access for EU exporters as well as facilitating the crossfertilisation of ideas through the sharing of experience and culture and the increased understanding which will result.

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2. INTRODUCTION FORESTA is a project dedicated to foster research cooperation between Latin America and the European Union in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The project seeks to bring a relevant and meaningful ICT research-policy dialogue at institutional level, via conferences and through analytical work on current research cooperation between EU and Latin America, to the attention of policy-makers and policy- and programme-implementers for consideration in their development of current and future national, regional and international programmes in support of ICT research and technological development and innovation (RTDI). In doing so, the project t has also provided advice, training, communication networks and facilitated the sharing of knowledge in order to allow international discussion and interaction among RTDI stakeholders from five Latin American countries, and between those stakeholders and the European Union, in order to develop relevant and useful input to ICT policy decision makers in both the EU and Latin America. The overall goals are to promote exchange and networking actions in order to identify strategic areas of mutual interest and to promote future cooperation schemes which correspond to the priorities of each of the stakeholders involved in Europe and Latin America. The objective of this deliverable is to provide a summary of the input, positions and views of European industry representatives, including but not limited to those attending the FORESTA Conferences, in respect of the policy and thematic areas which should be covered and developed as strategic priorities in future EU and Latin American RTDI support activities both nationally, regionally and inter-regionally and, in so doing, facilitate future EU–LA cooperation. This document is structured into six sections plus annexes comprising an Executive Summary followed by this Introduction (section 1) and then by sections describing how and from where data was collected as well as the data itself (in sections 4 respectively). The data was then analysed, summarised and sorted into a set of priorities for EU industry presented in section 5 and this is followed in section 6 by concluding sets of strategic priorities for policy-makers and for industry as perceived by EU industry.

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3. DATA COLLECTION 3.1.

Industry

In order to learn which thematic areas are considered by European industry to be of strategic importance, FORESTA partners have spoken with industry representatives from companies, representative associations and other stakeholders (see Annex I) during conferences and other activities organised by FORESTA. Thus, the need to strengthen the participation of industry in ICT policy dialogue has been supported by the active involvement of industry representatives. This has allowed a set of strategic priorities for EU industry to be developed by FORESTA via the collection of inputs from the members of the Policy Dialogue Council, from industry and other stakeholder representatives who either participated in the FORESTA Conferences and/or in its final event in Brussels or who were contacted through follow-up activities. Valuable inputs also resulted from synergies and the sharing of information with other projects. The input and views of industry representatives have been elicited, in particular, on the following: 

The level of interest in the priorities which emerged from the Senior Officials ICT Working Group (see below);

The interest of European industry in EU Latin American cooperation actions in the field of ICT RTDI;

Interest in the existing Funding Schemes, based on the Reciprocity Principle, i.e. Access4EU, Joint Calls, etc;

The needs of industry in terms of transparency and access to information related to funding schemes at European, Latin American, national and regional levels;

The role of human resources and infrastructure in relation to innovation.

The points highlighted in this document have the following sources which have included the input and views of industry on the above topics in particular in their activities and output: 1.

The five national-level FORESTA Policy Conferences which were held in each of five Latin American countries and which all followed a methodology designed specifically to extract the information needed for FORESTA to fulfil its objectives. These conferences were attended by people who are stakeholders in the RTDI area. These were drawn from EU and Latin American industry, from the FORESTA partners and from Latin American academia, research agencies, representative associations and government, all of whom are involved in implementing research or research policy in Latin America. Some of the input to the Policy Conferences was provided by the FORESTA partners in the form of studies which were produced before the conferences and these were used to inform and stimulate the debates and discussions. The goal was for participants to share their experience and debate issues related to implementing their research agendas, and to their relations with the EU and the EU Framework Programmes, with a view to producing a picture of the national situation in this regard.

2.

The FORESTA Concertation Meeting which drew together national representatives from each of the five countries representing the entire stakeholder group present at the five national conferences, in particular programme owners. The goal was again for participants to share their experience and debate issues related to implementing their research and innovation agendas and to their relations with the EU and the EU

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Framework Programmes, but this time comparing the different national experiences, practices and ideas. 3.

The FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council was established by the FORESTA project and worked in parallel with the other FORESTA activities. It is an independent assembly of 35 ICT experts, drawn from the EU and the five Latin American countries represented in the project, and representing industry, industry associations, academia and programme-implementers from governmental bodies. Its objective is to advise policy-makers and policy-implementers on how improve cooperation, coordination and the harmonization of EU and Latin American research policies in the ICT sector. One task of the Policy Dialogue Council was to identify and highlight as important, technology subsectors and policy measures to be implemented and then to make policy and other recommendations based on the relative importance of each.

At these conferences, European industry representatives participating and cooperating with the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council expressed their views and many relevant comments were made. The specific results of the overall policy recommendations from the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council are reported in FORESTA Deliverable D3.3 on “Strategic recommendations on key research priority issues, opportunities and challenges to be jointly addressed by EU and Latin American countries” (see Annex II). 4.

The FORESTA Final Conference where in addition to the national representatives from each of the five Latin American countries representing all of the stakeholder group present at the five national conferences, participants included: a. Leaders of all International Cooperation projects (INCO) funded by DG Research and DG INFSO presented their activities and the results of their work. Some of these projects concentrate on areas outside of ICT and others deal with Latin American countries not associated with FORESTA. They were invited because they are involved in showing how EU-LATAM policy in research can be reinforced and have valuable and relevant knowledge to contribute. b. The EU and Latin American leaders of the Senior Officials ICT Working Group who presented the priorities and work being done at inter-governmental level. c. Six high-level officials from the European Commission who explained Commission activities in the areas of e-Inclusion, e-Health, Intelligent Transport Systems, Living Labs, Computing, e-Infrastructure and Network Electronic Media. The Commission representatives also provided details on several projects in those areas and, in particular, explained that in the future the Commission would like to involve stakeholders from Latin America in projects they will launch in those areas. In addition to the presentations mentioned above, two round tables were organised for the conference participants and involving, for example, SMEs, the Mexican Confederation of Industry, the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Telefonica (Spain), Telecom Italia and DLR (Deutsch Luft- und Raumfahrt – German national research centre for aeronautics and space). Round Table 1 discussed ICT technology areas for Joint EU-LA Research. Round Table 2 discussed the instruments for EU-LA research and technological innovation funding. Both round tables came up with new ideas based on what had been heard earlier and their participants confirmed the areas identified by FORESTA as well as the FORESTA recommendations. In addition, the round tables discussed a Joint Declaration consisting of two pages of key points which had been extracted from all of the FORESTA activities and which was then augmented with the input received

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from the other projects earlier in the day and this document was refined and agreed. On Day 2 the FORESTA Joint Declaration was presented in the European Parliament to MEPs, including from the European Parliament Industry Committee, to MPs attending from LATAM countries and to others attending via EP webcast service. The FORESTA Joint Declaration now serves as a stakeholders’ position paper to foster EU Latin America ICT policy dialogue Based on the input received in the course of all the above consultations and other activities, 11 top strategic priorities have been formulated for EU industry and 13 for EU policy-makers in order to take account of in their future business and RTDI planning and when considering their response to requests from policy-makers on the directions which policy on RTDI should take in terms of sector, funded activity and international cooperation dimensions.

3.2.

The Senior Officials ICT Working Group

The Senior Officials ICT Working Group (SOM) was established under the EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation which was set up by the Madrid Ministerial Forum and EU-LAC Summit of 2010. It first met in March 2011 and its purpose is to deliver greater benefits from scientific cooperation between the two regions. SOM members are Senior Officials from 12 European and 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). As an inter-governmental body, the work of the SOM is carried out in a confidential way in order to allow a more open and informal discussion. This means that SOM activities, work and reports are not publicly available. However, from time to time SOM members may talk about their work in public such as when the SOM leaders from the EU and Latin America spoke at the FORESTA Final Conference. In this way, it was possible to learn, during the FORESTA project, some details about the SOM agenda and the priority areas which it has been tasked to examine and discuss. This information was useful in stimulating discussion and in confirming the relevance of some of the priorities which were suggested by stakeholders for consideration.

3.3.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020, which was proposed in November 2011,1 is an instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing EU global competitiveness and which will run from 2014 - 2020. In effect, it incorporates the equivalent of a new EU framework programme for research and innovation. Horizon 2020 consists of four proposals 2,3,4,5 detailing the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation for the period 2014 – 2020, which provides support for the process of building, identifying and mapping research priorities and interests. Horizon 2020 brings together all existing European Union research and innovation funding, including the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

1 2

3

4

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http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=h2020-documents Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and innovation, COM(2011). Proposal for a Decision of the Council establishing the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020, COM(2011). Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council laying down the rules for participation and dissemination of research results in Horizon 2020, COM(2011). Proposal for a Regulation of the Council concerning the EURATOM Research and Training Programme (2014-2018) contributing to the implementation of Horizon 2020, COM(2011).

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and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 6. This approach is widely recognised by stakeholders as the best way forward7 and has also been supported by the European Parliament 8 (the Matias report), the European Economic and Social Committee9 and the European Research Area Committee10. The extensive consultations with EU industry and other stakeholders which was undertaken in the process of drafting the Horizon 2020 proposals has resulted in the reliable identification in its documentation of areas of strategic importance to EU industry which can be used as input to support the reseaerch and conclusions of this document. Thus Horizon 2020 has been taken as a reference by the FORESTA Policy Dialogiue Council in its discussions and in the drafting of this document.

3.4.

Other Sources of Information

The European Union and Latin America have enjoyed a Strategic Partnership since the first bi-regional Summit in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999 and have been working together to foster international cooperation in ICT R&D for many years with specific areas for regional development cooperation programmes being defined by a regional strategy for the period 2007-201311. The bi-regional strategy has led to many policy support actions and projects being developed and implemented under them in the past (e.g. Winds-LA, Solar-ICT, FORESTA, ProIdeal Plus) in order to promote mutual cooperation. In addition, individual, bi-lateral plans were developed at international level to cover research in specific sectors between some Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and the EU and between some EU countries and some LAC countries. When researching the priorities of European industry, particular attention has been paid to several, recent and well-recognised sources of information including: 1. To keep the bi-regional strategy on course, a summit of EU and LAC leaders takes place bi-annually with the last one being held in Madrid, Spain in May 2010 and leading to the Madrid EU-LAC Action Plan 2010-2012 which includes a number of initiatives consistent with the priorities of the summit. 2. The vision and strategic research agendas of the European Technology Platforms 12 (ETPs). The ETPs are industry-led stakeholder fora which are tasked with defining research priorities in a broad range of technological areas where achieving EU growth, competitiveness and sustainability requires major research and technological advances in the medium to long term. These Strategic Research Agendas of these groups provide valuable source of information to help define European research funding schemes. Since they are developed through dialogue among industrial and public researchers and national government representatives, they also contribute to creating a consensus in the direction of research and to improving the alignment of investment efforts.

6

7 8 9 10 11 12

Activities in the field of nuclear energy are an integral part of Horizon 2020, yet they are subject to a separate proposal under the EURATOM Treaty. Funding for ITER will be outside the EU Budget and subject to a supplementary programme. http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/pdf/consultation-conference/summary_analysis.pdf EP Resolution 2011/2107(INI) CESE 1163/2011 ERAC 1210/11 http://eeas.europa.eu/la/rsp/07_13_en.pdf http://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms/

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3. Studies being conducted by the FIRST project to develop strategies and workplans to implement common research projects in the specific area of the Future Internet. FIRST is a Support Action funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme in order to foster International Cooperation in the areas of Future Internet and ICT Components and systems between Europe and Latin America. FIRST aims at extending the concept of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) to Latin American, by gathering strategic stakeholders from the different sectors included in the Future Internet, ICT Components and Systems fields into one national ICT Technology Platform per country in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. The views and opinions of the stakeholders involved are relevant for European companies because they are indicative of where their Latin American competitors see markets going, particularly in Latin America, an export target for EU industry. 4. The European Future Internet Initiative (EFII) is an initiative founded by 16 of the leading ICT companies in Europe and their main ambition is that a new approach is taken to addressing the challenges of the Future Internet in Europe. The European Commission supports the EFII, maintains a portal for "The Future of the Internet" activities and has established the European Future Internet Assembly (FIA). The FIA is the result of cooperation among projects which have recognised the need to strengthen European activities on the Future Internet in order to maintain European competitiveness on global markets. A number of technical Future Internet working groups have been set-up in accordance with the FIA objectives and these are indicative of areas considered as high priority by industry. 5. MaPEeR SME (Making Progress and Economic enhancement a Reality for Small-toMedium Enterprises) is an EU-funded project 13 which aims to acquire a comprehensive insight into the design, implementation and impact of existing SME research and innovation programmes and initiatives at EU, national and regional level and to convey this in the most appropriate way to SME stakeholders and policymakers. The MaPEeR SME project supports activities to create the background conditions in which Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) is welcomed, supported and nourished in European SMEs. Its ultimate goal is to increase the participation of SMEs in the EU research programmes, by improving the conditions for participation and overcoming the barriers for innovation activities. To this end, MaPEeR carried out an extensive survey of EU RTDI-active SMEs, national, regional and EU-level research programmes and their staff in order to identify the SMEs needs and best practice among other aims. 980 European SMEs were asked about their participation in regional, national or EU research and innovation programmes. Some of the conclusions which emerged from the survey are generally relevant for all EU industry in identifying topics of strategic importance for future RTDI programme design and these topics have been discussed within the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council. 6. The FORESTA Joint Declaration. In the course of the FORESTA Project activities, it became apparent that in order to strengthen EU-Latin American cooperation in the ICT field, that relationship should be re-appraised as a partnership driven by clearly identified interests and leading to mutual benefits. Accordingly and in response to this need, the FORESTA project partners drew up a Joint Declaration for discussion and agreement at the FORESTA Final Conference on “Fostering EU13

http://mapeer-sme.eu

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Latin America ICT Policy Dialogue”, held in Brussels in November 2011 (see section 4.5.6 and Annex III). The content and text of the Joint Declaration is based on the results of the studies, activities, meetings and discussions which were engaged in by the stakeholders, partners and other participants in the FORESTA project and thus all three sections of the document take account of the input and views of industry. 7. Other projects which were consulted included: 

EULARINET: www.eularinet.eu

ENLACE : www.enlace-project.eu

ACCESS 2 MEXCYT : www.access2mexcyt.eu

WINDS LA : www.winds-la.eu

SOLAR-ICT : www.eulac-ict.info

UE-MEXCYT : www.access2mexcyt.eu

ABEST II : www.cost.eu

AMERICAS : www.pro-ideal.eu

SALA3D : www.sala3d.eu

PRO-IDEAL : www.pro-ideal.eu

PRO-DEAL PLUS : www.pro-ideal.eu

The above sources of information have been taken into account, to produce a list of strategic priorities relevant to European industry and set out in section 6.0 below based on the findings set out in section 4.0 and summarise and synthesised in section 5.0.

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4. PRIORITY INDICATORS IDENTIFIED 4.1.

Priority Indicators Identified by Industry

The priorities listed here have been developed by the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council using input from industry and other stakeholders collected during the five FORESTA conferences, during the FORESTA Concertation Meeting and then verified, fine-tuned and confirmed at the FORESTA Final Conference round tables. As result of its discussions and research done in course of the FORESTA project, the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council drew up a number of recommendations for key areas which should be given priority in the development of future cooperation between Europe and Latin America. These are set out in Annex II and discussed below. In addition it is notable that FORESTA identified a close correlation among priorities expressed by stakeholders from Europe and Latin America. This is likely indicative of: i)

The globalised nature of information and communication technologies with markets seeking global solutions to problems which are similar in many countries around the world;

ii) The ability of players, both suppliers and customers, to communicate quickly and easily no matter where they are situated and thus be at least aware of recent developments in areas of interest to them. As a result of the above exercise, the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council has made 30 recommendations which it considers as the most important emerging from its work in this area. Some of these recommendations are made by and relevant only to European industry. Others come from and are more relevant for the Latin American side, but may however be interesting for European Industry because they might lead to a business opportunity. Ranked in descending order of importance, the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council has recommended that: 1. Latin American countries should continue to be considered as preferential partners for participation in the European framework programme, as there is a benefit for European entities. 2. e-Inclusion and well-being should be one of the main areas of RTDI for the Latin American ICT sector because this a sub-sector where it can make a relevant contribution by helping to define a set of efficient solutions with global impact. 3. ICT for enhanced learning should remain as one of the most relevant priorities for the development of Latin America countries. 4. Strategic ICT agendas, including research, development and innovation, should be promoted in order to help favour the efficient exploitation of research results. The Technology Platforms format is one valid vehicle to build a constituency in the ICT sector, where the industrial views can be visibly and deeply represented. 5. Common strategic research agendas should be developed with the regions, as a basis for research cooperation. 6. The contribution of ICT to the development of energy efficiency and renewable energies should be strongly encouraged because these are key areas of cooperation between Europe and Latin America. 7. ICT research for health should be refocused on research for the immersive use of ICT in the health sector because health is still a relevant priority.

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8. Mobile and ubiquitous computing fields should be considered as common ICT research priorities by all Latin America countries because the development of an e-Government system has a key role in the economic development of Latin America countries, providing efficient ways to improve services for citizens and make Government more efficient. 9. Software engineering should be a key area for RTDI because it is one of the fields where Latin America has skills and experience which have the potential to play a significant global role at the same level as India and China. 10. A permanent dialogue should be established among, and made intensive use of by, the people in charge of current European and Latin American funding cooperation instruments, including EuropeAid and the new Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF). 11. ICT-enhanced management of environmental protection and of sustainable use of natural resources should be promoted as a key area of EU-Latin American cooperation to deal with one of society's great challenges and to provide EU and LA industry with assistance to carry out RTDI and develop business opportunities in these areas. 12. A specialised international cooperation action should be launched to coordinate all activities regarding international cooperation. 13. Research priorities should be oriented to take account of the statistical weight of SMEs, of less favoured communities and of the use of Green ICT to support growth and environmental protection. 14. Cooperation mechanisms, such as the EUREKA-Eurostars European programmes, should be established which can improve cooperation among several research groups in different Latin American countries. Rules and operational procedures should be based on European experience and opportunities should be offered to the Latin American research funding agencies to launch common calls with EU agencies to fund international research projects, etc.. The Iberoeka programme could be the starting-point to strength this type of cooperation. 15. Mobile and ubiquitous computing fields should be considered as common ICT research priorities by all Latin America countries because Latin America could act as an important European partner in Grid Computing, massive data processing and e-science while also providing a market for such products and services. 16. The Latin American region should be labelled as a business priority for Europe, thus enhancing the possibilities for research cooperation to act as a tool to establish productive and long term partnerships. 17. A training and coaching programme be established which is devoted to teaching how to develop research agendas, share priorities and efficiently consult stakeholders in the ICT research field. 18. Cooperation with a view to ensuring the development and application of harmonised standards in the targeted technologies should be promoted, in order to facilitate the exploitation of the results of research activities. This activity of setting standards should be carried out as early as possible through the establishment of a permanent dialogue among key standardization bodies in Europe and Latin America. 19. New technologies should be developed and the ICT tools widely exploited with the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of European and Latin American industry. 20. Discussions among Latin American countries should be organised with the participation of European researchers in order to share priorities among the Latin American research programmes in order to optimise research agendas. 21. Security and prevention systems should be made a key target area because they have strategic relevance for many Latin America countries, in order to provide industry, D2.9 – Summary of Strategic Indications from EU Industry TESEO Sprl.

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consumers and Governmental bodies with new, efficient instruments to face the main threats and opportunities in these fields. 22. The research topics associated with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) should be considered as priorities for further cooperation between Europe and Latin America. 23. A common International Cooperation Research Forum should be created (or intensively promoted, if a similar forum already exists) in order to look for and exploit synergies among European and National programmes in Latin America. 24. In agreement with NEM recommendations, cooperation between Europe and Latin America in the specific niche of networked media should be promoted. 25. Latin American research agendas should be kept permanently aligned with the corresponding ones developed by the European Technology Platforms via close links between the recently established Latin American Technology Platforms and the existing European Technology Platforms as one of the most relevant and efficient mechanisms to ensure that research cooperation extends to all stakeholder groups. 26. Discussions should be facilitated among support action projects to share their findings in terms of strategic research agendas and views on GlobalNEM activity. 27. International cooperation partners should be included on the basis of potential benefits for Europe, but that reciprocity should be applied to entities from competing regions. 28. A special cooperation group should be established to facilitate contacts between European researchers (represented by the Activity group on Gaming Industries within the NEM technology Platform) and university groups such as the University of Los Andes to further develop common research agendas in this research niche. 29. The organization of events should be supported and cooperation from NEM participants encouraged to support actions and projects where the strategy and goals defined by NEM can be discussed and implemented. 30. The attractiveness of the European CSF should be promoted through the dissemination of information to the best researchers around the world.

4.2.

Priority Indicators Identified by the Senior Officials ICT Working Group

According to the conclusions of the European Union, Latin America and Caribbean (EULAC) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Science and Technology held in Buenos Aires in 2010, the global challenges facing cooperation on science, technology and innovation are the fostering of sustainable development and the development of social inclusion. In addition, Latin America and the European Union recognize that “science and technology, innovation and higher education are vital for all societies regardless the size of the country or the income level of their inhabitants” 14. During the 2010 Buenos Aires meeting, it was also highlighted that while inter-regional cooperation on science and technology among the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean has been enhanced over several decades, there is still a growing interest and a common need to promote, increase, support and consolidate institutional science, technology and innovation links between the European Union, Latin America and the

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Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, EU-LAC SOM on Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, February, 2010: http://ec.europa.eu/research//iscp/pdf/lac/joint_initiative_for_research_and_innovation_en.pdf#view =fit&pagemode=none

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Caribbean regions. During the SOM on the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, held in March 2011, the following four thematic working groups were established: 

Bio-economy and Food Security;

Energy;

Climate Change and Biodiversity;

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Meeting Societal Challenges.

Thus, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are considered as top priority areas for cooperation and essential to achieve sustainable development and social inclusion.

4.3.

Priority Indicators Identified in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 has a number of new features which make it fit for purpose to promote growth and tackle societal challenges and which are considered as priorities by EU RTDI stakeholders. These include: 

Major simplification through a simpler programme architecture, a single set of rules, less red tape through an easy to use cost reimbursement model, a single point of access for participants, less paperwork in preparing proposals, fewer controls and audits, with the overall aim to reduce the average time to grant by 100 days;

An inclusive approach, open to new participants, including those with ideas outside of the mainstream in order to ensure the participation of researchers and innovators from across Europe and beyond;

The integration of research and innovation by providing seamless and coherent funding from idea to market;

More support for innovation and activities close to the market, leading to a direct economic stimulus;

A strong focus on creating business opportunities in response to the major concerns common to people in Europe and beyond, i.e. ‘societal challenges’;

More possibilities for new entrants and young, promising scientists to put forward their ideas and obtain funding.

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c. Provide researchers with excellent training and career development opportunities through the Marie Curie Actions; d. Ensure that Europe has world-class research infrastructure (including einfrastructure) which is accessible to all researchers in Europe and beyond. 2. Industrial Leadership. This will aim at making Europe a more attractive location to invest in research and innovation through the promotion of activities where business sets the agenda. It will provide major investment in key industrial technologies, maximise the growth potential of European companies by providing them with adequate levels of finance and thus help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies. Consequently, this will: a. Build leadership in enabling and industrial technologies, with dedicated support for ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space, while also providing support for crosscutting actions to capture the accumulated benefits from combining several Key Enabling Technologies; b. Facilitate access to risk finance; c. Provide European Union-wide support for innovation in SMEs. 3. Societal Challenges. This reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. A challenge-based approach will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This will cover activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake. It will include establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships and funding will be focussed on the following challenges a. Health, demographic change and well-being; b. Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy; c. Secure, clean and efficient energy; d. Smart, green and integrated transport; e. Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; f. Inclusive, innovative and secure societies.

4.4.

Priority Indicators Identified by Other Sources

4.4.1. The Madrid EU-LAC Action Plan 2010-2012 The FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council has identified three main areas from the Madrid EULAC Action Plan 2010-2012 which are relevant and these are: I.

Science, research, innovation and technology

In particular, the EU and LAC regions have agreed to: 

Improve cooperation in research and innovation;

Strengthen scientific and technological capacities and infrastructure;

Enable sustainable research, innovation and knowledge sharing;

Boost the use of new technology in sustainable socio-economic development;

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Foster cooperation between both regions as regards the digital economy.

II. Sustainable development, environment, climate change, biodiversity and energy The EU and LAC regions have specifically agreed, among other things, to: 

Promote the sustainable development of all countries and to support the achievement of the MDG and the other international agreements on these issues;

Ensure the effective implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, recognizing the scientific views regarding the limit for the increase in the global temperature;

Develop policies and instruments for adaptation and mitigation, to address the adverse effects of climate change and enhance long-term cooperation initiatives and to reduce the vulnerability to natural disasters;

Support activities oriented to reduce intensity of greenhouse gas emissions in consumption and production activities in our countries, according to existing international commitments;

Facilitate access to and exchange of information related to best environmental practices and technologies;

Ensure and support the full implementation of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity; vii) to improve energy efficiency and saving as well as accessibility;

Develop and to deploy renewable energies and to promote energy interconnection networks, ensuring the diversification and complementarity of the energy matrix.

III. Regional integration and interconnectivity to promote social inclusion and cohesion The main EU-LAC objectives in this area are to: 

Increase regional integration and social inclusion and cohesion;

Contribute to the overall goal of poverty eradication in the context of sustainable development, including the pursuit of the MDGs.

Some key elements to achieve these goals are the promotion of investments in infrastructures favouring interconnectivity and the development of social and economic networks.

4.4.2. The European Technology Platforms The broad range of technological areas focussed on by ETPs which are relevant to the ICT sector are as follows: In ICT specific areas there are: 

Embedded Computing Systems;

 Networked Electronic Media;

 Nanoelectronics;

 Networked Software Services;

 Satellite Communications;

 Robotics;

 Converging Fixed / Wired

 Smart Systems Integration;

Networks;

 Photonics.

In other, non-ICT areas, there are nevertheless overlaps which involve the intense use of ICT and these include: 

Energy: (e.g. ICT for smart-grids);

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Bio-based Economy (e.g. ICT for food traceability):

Production and Processes (e.g. ICT for water);

Transport (e.g. ICT for Intelligent Transport Systems for road, rail and air transport or for load traceability);

The above sectors provide a good indication of broad areas of strategic importance to EU industry because they have been chosen by industry itself.

4.4.3. The First Project The activities developed by the FIRST project have involved the collection of themes and project topics for building up the use of the Internet to enhance EU Latin America cooperation. The FIRST roadmaps for EU-Latin American cooperation on the Future Internet identify the following themes: 

Internet of Users and Knowledge;

Internet of Content;

Intelligent Transport Systems - Connecting car & road;

Cloud Computing;

Autonomic Computing;

Ambient Assisted Living;

ICT for a Low Carbon Economy;

Trust.

4.4.4. The European Future Internet Initiative A number of technical Future Internet working groups have been set-up under the Future Internet Initiative and these are indicative of areas considered as high priority by European industry. These include: a.

Applications, software and services (developing new to meet new challenges);

b.

International Collaboration (facilitating international cooperation among research projects);

c.

Standardisation (developing new standards to create conditions which facilitate complimentary and cooperative research);

d.

Social-economics (by designing, developing and applying technology with increased socio-economic awareness research outcomes are likely to be delivered with increased relevance, durability and impact);

e.

Networks, including smart cities, smart living, smart energy, smart health and smart enterprises.

f.

Internet of things.

The Future Internet Initiative has identified six research priorities for the Future Internet and these are: 1. Beyond converged infrastructure – the Internet infrastructure beyond 2020 brings new capabilities and capacities; 2. Networked data – exploiting the Internet’s natural resource of applications and content;

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3. Internet Security – trust / privacy / identity – maintaining the security of the Internet and its infrastructure, applications, data and users online; 4. Networked interaction – people interacting with each other, with information, and with cyber-physical worlds; 5. Networked augmentation – from an Internet of things to an Internet doing things, via the integration of internet technologies and systems to support complex future industry, environmental and societal challenges; 6. Networked innovation – the Internet as an innovation ecosystem, supported by architecture, policy and invention.

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4.4.5. The MaPEeR Project As part of its activities, MaPEeR carried out a study of the views and experiences of 980 European SMEs. Some of results are generally relevant to all industrial companies, large and small, throughout Europe and which are engaged in RTDI activities. The MaPEeR study 16 identified the main issues discouraging the participation of companies in RTDI programmes and these included: 

Financial barriers in relation to lack of in-house funds, lack of access to external financing sources and high innovation costs;

Programme related barriers mainly corresponding to administrative issues such as difficulties related to programme procedures and requirements and lack of access to information on RTD/innovation support programmes;

External barriers mainly related to insufficient integration of companies in the policy-making process;

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Project related problems mainly related to complex reporting requirements and guidance provided by the programme officers during and after the Project;

External problems mostly related to inadequacy of complementary support measures and unavailability of additional sources of finance;

The study also discovered some general criteria followed by good practice programmes which included: 

Simple application process;

Good guidance by programme officer;

Open technology approach;

Promotion of cooperation between firms and academia;

Finally, the study made a series of policy recommendations which include: 

Simplifying participation rules in RTD programmes;

Develop measures to support access to market and faster commercialisation;

Improve promotion about RTD programmes.

4.5.6 The FORESTA Joint Declaration The FORESTA Joint Declaration (see Annex III) resulting from the FORESTA Final Conference takes account of the input and views of industry in all three of its sections. In particular, we draw attention to the key points below taken from statements in that document as indicated: Declaration No. 4 states that “R+D+I has a major role to play in addressing societal challenges such as facilitating the relationship between government and citizens, deliver good public services, improve ROI in governments, contributing to a cleaner environment and a more sustainable re-industrialisation, bridging the digital gap, supporting health and education, etc. .......... .” Declaration No. 5 states that, “R+D+I agendas should be articulated in support of the innovation agendas ...... ”. Innovation Recommendation No. 2 states that “ICT for a sustainable re-industrialisation based on clean technologies (“3rd industrial revolution”) should be given absolute priority ..... .” Innovation Recommendation No. 4 states that “The development of value-added, multilingual, ubiquitous ICT-based services for businesses and citizens should become the real corner-stone of a forward looking ICT strategy in the EU and LAC regions .... “ Strategy Recommendation No. 1 states that “A strategic body (e.g. an “EU-LAC ICT R+D+I Forum”), coordinated by the European Commission on the European side and by an institution on the Latin American side, should elaborate a strategic agenda for cooperation with input from the relevant stakeholder communities.” Strategy Recommendation No. 2) that “Wherever possible, cooperation should be based on the reciprocity principle. In the absence of reciprocity agreements opening LAC programmes to EU entities, funding of non-EU partners through EU programmes is acceptable if there are clear benefits for the EU.” Strategy Recommendation No. 3 states that “The EU-LAC ICT policy dialogue should aim to promote the elaboration of policy agendas with a strong participation of the industrial sector ... .”

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5. SYNTHESIS OF PRIORITIES FOR EU INDUSTRY All of the priorities set out in the table below can provide significant direct, indirect or otherwise lead to opportunities for EU companies with relevant experience, software, products and know-how. Some priorities are more relevant for policy-makers and some are more relevant for industry in-so-far as they impact the direct action which should be taken to satisfy them. The Priority Descriptions have been ranked in order of importance according to the scoring of the priorities in the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council in its D3.3 deliverable on Strategic Recommendations on key research priority issues, opportunities and challenges to be jointly addressed by EU and Latin American countries. Where it made sense to do so due, for example, to overlapping, priorities have been combined under a single description. Where this has been done is evident from the numbers in brackets in the column on the extreme left of the table. In section 6 below we will draw conclusions on which of the priorities below are most important for EU industry and we will divide these into priorities for policymakers and for industry. No. (PDC)

1. (28)

Priority Description

Cooperate with LA entities on RTDI

Reasons  LA countries should continue as preferential partners for participation in the EU Framework Programmes.  Expected availability of funds.  Opportunities to share skills and experience of LA companies.  Large potential markets in LA for EU operators.  A benefit for EU industry is perceived.    

2. (12)

e-Inclusion

Recommended to be promoted as a key area of RTDI. LA ICT sector has skills and can contribute. EULA researchers can benefit from working together and sharing experience. Regional integration and interconnectivity promotes social inclusion and cohesion.  Network augmentation via integration of internet technologies and systems is key priority for future industry, environmental and societal challenges.  ICT for a sustainable re-industrialisation based on clean technologies should be given absolute priority.  Development and use of ICT for ambient assisted living identified as important.

Supported by FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council Sen. Officials ICT Working Group EU and LA industry FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council Sen. Officials ICT Working Group Horizon 2020 Madrid EULAC Action Plan ETP – Smart Systems Integration, Photonics Future Internet Initiative FORESTA Joint Declaration FIRST Project

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No. Priority Description (PDC) 3. ICT for enhanced learning (9)

Reasons  Should remain a priority for LA countries.  EU industry has considerable experience in this area.

Supported by FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

4. (11)

ICT applications for energy efficiency and renewable energies

   

Key areas of ongoing EU-LA cooperation. Secure, clean and efficient energy is an area of importance. EU companies have much to contribute and thus gain. ETPs focus on Smartgrids, on Smart Systems Integration and on Photonics in all of which ICT is a key component..  Development and use of ICT for a low carbon economy identified as important.

Sen. Officials ICT Working Group Horizon 2020 ETPs – Smartgrids, Smart Systems Integration, Photonics European Future Internet Initiative FIRST Project

5. (7)

6. (16, 14)

ICT research for health

Mobile and ubiquitous computing

 Health is a priority, especially Smarthealth and the immersive use of ICT in health.  Opportunities for developing remote medicine throughout LA rural areas.

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

 Current and future opportunities in development of:  e-Government systems;  Grid computing;  Cloud computing;  Autonomic computing;  Massive data-processing;  e-Science;  Internet of users, knowledge and content;  Future corner-stone of an EU-LAC ICT strategy.

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

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Priority Description

Reasons

Supported by FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

7. (10)

Software engineering

 LA ICT sector has skills, experience and potential to contribute as India/China.  Many opportunities in mobile and ubiquitous computing (see above).  Considered as a high priority for enhancing EU-LA RTDI cooperation in ICT.

ETP – Networked Software Services European Future Internet Initiative FIRST Project

8. (29)

9. (26)

EU–LA dialogue on funding cooperation instruments Establish mechanisms in LA to foster cooperation among researcher from different LA countries

 Considered as a high priority for enhancing EU-LA RTDI cooperation in ICT.  To draw up and implement common research agendas, joint financing and joint programmes among LA countries.  Considered as a high priority for enhancing EU-LA RTDI cooperation in ICT.

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council European Future Internet Initiative

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council 10. (8)

ICT for management of environmental protection and of sustainable use of natural resources

 Considered as a key area and as a key areas for EU-Latin American RTDI cooperation.

Sen. Officials ICT Working Groups – Climate Change and Biodiversity, Bio-economy and Food Security Horizon 2020 Madrid EULAC Action Plan

11. (24)

Special provisions for SMEs when setting research priorities

 To redress the disadvantage f SMEs when seeking funding which results from limitations in personnel and financial resources.

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

12. (1)

Label LA as a priority business region for Europe

 To enhance RTDI possibilities and foster productive partnerships.

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No. (PDC) 13. (27)

Priority Description Develop harmonised standards early in the RTDI process

Reasons  To make it easier to exploit the eventual results of research activities.  Considered as a high priority to help create conditions which facilitate complimentary and cooperative RTDI.  An open technology approach encourages cooperation among those entities engaged in RTDI, in particular, between firms and academia.

Supported by FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council European Future Internet Initiative MaPEeR Project FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

14. (13)

Security, including food security, Internet infrastructure, applications, data and users

 Key strategically important area for all governments, industry and consumers.  Trust is important to foster EU – LA RTDI cooperation, particularly at levels of inter-company, inter-academic and variations thereof.  Key area for real-time control of work processes and traceability.

Horizon 2020 ETPs – Bio-based Economy, Production and Processes research areas European Future Internet Initiative FIRST Project FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

15. (30)

Intelligent Transport Systems

 Need to increase efficiency, speed and safety of road/rail/air transport.  Considered as a priority area for EU – LA RTDI cooperation.  Key area to aid movement efficiency and consignment traceability.

Horizon 2020 ETPs – Road, Rail, Water, Air, Space FIRST Project

16. (18)

Networked media

 Development of convergent infrastructure is considered a key priority.  Promotion of EU – LA RTDI cooperation in this area has been recommended.  Trends indicate that hybrid broadband/broadcast devices will be expected to interoperate seamlessly on different infrastructure.

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Priority Description

17. (19)

Events / actions to promote EU strategy and goals for networked media as set out by relevant ETPs

 LA and EU Technology Platforms already exist and could facilitate.

Develop common strategic ICT research agendas

 In order to help the efficient exploitation of research results.  To facilitate access to risk finance and provide seamless and coherent funding from idea to market.  To support market access and commercialisation of research results.  Insufficient integration of companies in the RTDI policy-making process as a barriers to developing attractive RTDI programmes.  Industry should participate in thedevelopment of ICT policy agendas.  Common EU – LAC ICT agendas reinforce inter-region cooperation (e.g. with EURALINET).  LA and EU Technology Platforms already exist and could facilitate.

18. (23, 2, 25, 19)

19. (6)

20. (25)

Reasons

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

Create an EU-level international forum to promote synergies among EU and Member State RTDI funding programmes

 Studies have shown that the possibility and utility of such cooperation.  Bi-lateral cross-border cooperation already exists between some Member States and other Member States / non-EU countries / regions.  Collaborative research should be funded to open up new and promising fields of research and innovation.  Contribute to treating the Internet as an innovation ecosystem, supported by architecture, policy and invention.

Gaming

 To develop common research agendas and exploit synergies in this research niche.

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Supported by

ETPs – Networked Electronic Media, Satellite Communications, Converging Fixed / Wired Networks FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council Horizon 2020 ETP – Nanoelectronics The MaPEeR Project FORESTA Joint Declaration Madrid EULAC Action Plan

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council MaPEeR Project Horizon 2020 European Future Internet Initiative FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council ETP – NEM (gaming activity subgroup

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Priority Description

21. (5)

Reciprocal regional / national access to RTDI funding programmes on equal terms for all

Reasons  EU stakeholders consider that cooperation should be based on the reciprocity principle unless there is a clear benefit for the EU.  Foundations for reciprocity already exist within parts of the EUREKA programme which allow Latin American researchers to participate.

Supported by

FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council FORESTA Joint Declaration

 If a research area is of strategic importance to EU industry, then companies’ 22. (n/a)

Simplify the process of accessing RTDI funding

23. (n/a)

Improve access to research infrastructure and facilities

ability to access RTDI programme funding is strategically important.  A need has been identified to simplify administrative application and reporting procedures  A need has been identified for increased transparency about programme eligibility and procedures.  This is a recognised issue for many SMEs as well as for other companies, particularly in highly specialised areas.  Such access is strategically important for all companies carrying out RTDI in the ICT sector as well as in other sectors.

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6. CONCLUSIONS – STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR EU INDUSTRY 6.1.

Strategic Priorities Recommended for Policy-makers

Based on the priorities described in section 5 above and on the reasons given and level of support evident, as well as taking account of the importance allocated to each priority by the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council, we have selected the following 13 areas as strategic priorities which we recommend that EU policy-makers take account of when developing their RTDI funding and other support activities in order to facilitate innovation by EU industry and access by EU industry to new geographic, service and product markets. EU RTDI policy-makers at regional, national and EU level should: 1.

Support ICT RTDI in all of the areas identified as priority for EU industry. The search for new ICT-related solutions will spur the development of the ICT sector in a virtuous circle which will contribute to efficient industry, government and economies, to new business opportunities and to job creation and preservation.

2.

Engage with, cooperate and coordinate their funding and other activities with equivalent counterparts in Latin America (i.e. an EU-LA dialogue) in all areas where there is synergy. This will facilitate and promote contact between EU and Latin American companies and lead to the sharing of ideas and experience as well as improving access to markets as a result of access to and application of local knowledge and contacts.

3.

Cooperate and coordinate their funding and other RTDI activities taking place exclusively within the EU, including exclusively in their own region and country, and taking place externally outside of the EU (i.e. an intra-EU dialogue). This should avoid unnecessary duplication, promote company contacts, in particular within the EU, but also between the EU and Latin America as well as leading to a sharing of ideas and experience, to the strengthening of cross-border contacts and thus to strengthening the EU as a whole.

4.

Develop common, strategic, ICT research agendas between the EU and Latin America where there is relevant experience to share or other mutual benefits to be realised. The key concept here is mutual benefit which could be in the form of sharing experience, know-how or knowledge by companies and research institutions or, for example, in the transfer of experience, know-how or knowledge by companies and research institutions in return for assisted market access.

5.

Provide for reciprocal access to regional, national and EU RTDI funding programmes on equal terms for all. This will foster international and inter-regional cooperation and improve RTDI due to the cross-fertilisation of ideas which should result from the increased levels of contact among companies and research institutions.

6.

Take a more active role in promoting the development of harmonised standards early in the RTDI process. Powerful firms which have invested in inferior technology can delay the development of a technology sector and impede market development. Sometimes, it would be advantageous to society if a rational, transparent and non-discriminatory choice was encouraged or imposed by international standards bodies.

7.

Include special provisions for SMEs when setting research priorities.

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SMEs are the backbone of all free-market economies, in particular in creating new jobs. However, SMEs suffer human and other resource disadvantages compared to larger firms when engaging in RTDI and applying for funding. Therefore, giving SMEs some special privileges when accessing RTDI funding programmes, while at the same time screening them carefully, can be justified on the grounds that their disadvantages need to be compensated for in view of their disproportionate contribution to job creation Some EU countries do this to a limited extent and only Argentina was found to do so in South America. 8.

Simplify the process of accessing RTDI funding. If a research area is of strategic importance to EU industry, then companies’ ability to access RTDI programme funding is strategically important. At present, the process of accessing RTDI funding is considered as too complex and not transparent enough. There is no necessity to have different rules for different programmes internationally let alone within the same country. Harmonising access rules and reporting procedures would greatly ease the non-productive bureaucratic burden on companies and researchers applying to participate in RTDI programmes.

9.

Improve access to research infrastructure and facilities. Many companies have limited in-house human and equipment resources to devote to RTDI. Such access is strategically important for all companies carrying out RTDI in the ICT sector as well as in other sectors. More research institutions need to be established which can provide such services on a contract basis or which can rent out facilities and/or expert personnel on short-term basis. Such facilities could be considered part of the national infrastructure and a public service and Government could provide these or enourage other to do so via financial incentives and guarantees.

10. Make e-Inclusion a priority. In order to limit negative impacts and maximise positive impacts of societal change, eInclusion policies can help ensure that “no one is left behind” by reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion. 11. Support RTDI for the use of ICT in the health sector as a priority. Such e-Health technology has the ability to increase efficiency and reduce the costs of health-care provision, to improve the health and quality of life of health-care recipients and to provide opportunities for EU companies to develop, supply and operate associated equipment and services. 12. Support and develop e-Government The application and use of ICT in government departments and in the interface between government and citizens is already and will continue to make governments run more efficiently and to enable costs savings which can be put to other uses. The search for new ICT-related solutions will spur the development of the ICT sector in a virtuous circle which will lead to further gains for all. 13. Actively promote the development of Intelligent Transport Systems for road, rail, air and water transport though continued RTDI support, adoption of harmonised international standards, investment in infrastructure and adoption of legislation guaranteeing a market for the equipment to be developed. Governments need to ensure that the potential benefits of ITS to society, through minimising the environmental impact of transport and maximising its utility and efficiency, are realised. D2.9 – Summary of Strategic Indications from EU Industry TESEO Sprl.

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Strategic Priorities Recommended for Industry

Based on the priorities described in section 5 above and on the reasons given and level of support evident as well as taking account of the importance allocated to each priority by the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council, we have selected the following 11 areas of strategic priority which we recommend that EU industry should pursue and where we believe there will be large, long-term markets for EU products and services. EU companies engaged in ICT RTDI should: 1.

Investigate cooperation with entities in Latin America, in particular, if those EU companies are present in or seeking access to markets in Latin America or if there is known expertise in a particular area of ICT RTDI in Latin America. As well as knowledge of and access to local markets, Latin American companies and RTDI entities have skills and expertise in certain areas which are world-class and which can benefit EU companies at home and abroad.

2.

Target all areas relating to network augmentation via integration of internet technologies and systems, including smart networking, as a key priority. Smart networking is a new area in which the Internet will provide opportunities in the control of electricity grids, all types of transport, remote operation of plant and equipment, etc.. In medium- to long-term, this will be a huge, global market for software and equipment which EU companies should prepare for.

3.

Target all areas relating to cloud and grid computing and massive data-processing. Already well-developed, these markets have a long way to expand in a world where individuals are becoming increasingly “connected” to everything using smaller, lighter, faster “terminals” where the bulk or all of the computing and data-storage is done elsewhere.

4.

Target equipment and services to take advantage of converged infrastructure. This is a market which is considered as a priority by many stakeholders not least because it is already happening and because of its potential size.

5.

Target ICT for advanced e-Learning as a key priority. Support for this in Latin America indicates a significant market opportunity there for EU companies with relevant expertise.

6.

Target ICT for health-care as a key priority. Tightening national health-care budgets in some countries and expanding health-care markets in others will lead to opportunities for software, equipment, infrastructure and services in remote medicine, patient-monitoring, robotics and other areas.

7.

Target software engineering. As ICT develops new solutions, new software will continue to be required to make them run in whatever application they are intended for, thus providing a continuous long-term opportunity for EU software developers.

8.

Target ICT for management of environmental protection and of sustainable use of natural resources. These are considered as key areas in general, but for EU – Latin American cooperation in particular. Latin America has vast areas with little or no environmental protection as well as a lot of natural resources to exploit. Therefore, there are large markets available for EU companies to pursue.

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9.

Target ICT for use in the security of society as a whole, but especially in: food security; security of the Internet, its infrastructure, applications, data and users; personal security; and, security for the protection of property. Monitoring and traceability of food and feed from farm production, through processing and distribution is an established market where the EU has expertise and a first-mover advantage. This market has a very long-term future and since many countries do not yet participate fully, it has plenty of growth potential. Similarly, cyber-attacks seem unlikely to disappear in the foreseeable future with attackers and defenders continuing to try and outdo each other, thus leading to a longterm future market for EU industry. People, property and society in general will also provide a long-term future market for all kinds of alarm, camera, visual, facial, sonic, spectral and other monitoring systems as well as the means to connect them. As ICT evolves, there will be opportunities for the introduction of new products, equipment, applications and services.

10. Target Intelligent Transport Systems for road, rail, air and water transport. Transport networks of all modes are large and are ubiquitous globally. ITS represents a new long-term market for equipment, software and services with a vast global potential. 11. Target the gaming sector. This is also a market which is considered as a priority by many stakeholders also because it is already happening and because of its potential size.

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ANNEXES Annex I:

People and Organisations Providing Input

The table below shows the names of those people and their associated organisations who have been particularly helpful in providing input and constructive comments during FORESTA conferences. Family Name

First Name

Organization

Stakeholders Group

Cane

Carles

CNM

ENIAC – Industry

De Lama

Nuria

ATOS

Industry

Lopez Vallejo

Irene

TECNIKER

EPoSS - Industry

Luzarraga

Didier

VEADES

Industry

Minerva

Roberto

Tel. Italia Future Centre

Industry

Madec

Gerard

Bretagne Telecom

Industry

Mayora

Oscar

CreateNET

Industry

Meunier

Jean Dominique

TECHNICOLOR

NEM - Industry

Nascimbieni

Fabio

MENON GEIIE

EEIG

Flynn

Kevin

3GPP

Industry

Saracco

Roberto

TELECOM Italia

Industry

Wacker

Philippe

EMF

Industry Cluster

Hermann

Peter

EURESCOM

Eureka Celtic - Industry

Celestino

Filippo

TIM

Industry

Vargas

Natalia

ERICSSON

Industry

Metta

Giorgio

IIT

Tech

Toivanen

Maria Lima

VTT

Technical research centre of Finland

Lyytinen

Tatu

VTT

Technical research centre of Finland

Frautschy

David

TELEFONICA SA

Industry

Saarnio

Juha

Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

Federation Industry Federation

Marco

Mancini

TELECOM Italia

Industry

Serra

Eduardo

TELEFONICA SA

Industry

Gabelloni

Eduardo

ETICs Commission - CAI

Professional Association

Racca

Fernando

CESSI

Industry Chamber

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Family Name

First Name

Organization

Stakeholders Group

Guaragna

Gustavo

LATPS

Industrial Tech Platform

La Gamba

Carmen

Comité ITS Argentina

Industry

Mora

Alex

CAMTIC

Industry Chamber

Neves Fernandes

João

SUCESU

Industry Association

Mayer

Roberto

ASSESSPRO

Industry Association

Martinez

Rolando

ERICSSON

Industry

Gillo

Andres

IBM

Industry

Buitron

Jorge

Clusters / MTP

Industry Cluster

Allard

Javier

AMITI

Industry Association

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Annex II:

Recommendations of the FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council

Note: This table is a version of that shown in Annex 3 of FORESTA Deliverable 3.3. It has been recast in English which more clearly indicates what is being recommended. It has also been restructured using the original scoring done by the Policy Dialogue Council, but sorting it from highest to lowest score and colour-coding the ranking as shown in the key in the column on the extreme right.

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Annex II: Recommendations of FORESTA Policy Dialogue Council (contd.)

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Annex III: Text of the FORESTA Joint Declaration THE JOINT DECLARATION TO STRENGTHEN THE EU-LAC COOPERATION IN ICT RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION (R+D+I) Considering, in particular: 1. The long-standing and well-documented cultural and economic complementarity of the European Union (EU) and the Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) regions; 2. The European Commission’s recognition in its Communication “A Digital Agenda for Europe”17 that “the digital Single Market… needs an external face because progress on many of the policy issues can only be achieved at international level”; 3. The Madrid Action Plan18’s call for “new initiatives for more effective coordination and cooperation aiming at interconnecting knowledge, science; research and innovation; as well as business and entrepreneurial, and research centres and networks from the EU and LAC countries”; 4. The steady increase over the last decade in LAC participation in EU Framework Programme (FP) projects from 29 in FP5 to 79 in FP6 and 120, so far, in FP7. We declare: 1. The relationship between the EU and LAC regions with regard to ICT collaboration should be re-appraised as a partnership driven by clearly identified interests and leading to mutual benefits. Latin America should be formally recognized by Europe as a preferential R+D+I partner. 2. Investment in R+D+I is meant to have a positive impact on the overall economy; it is therefore important – particularly in times of economic crisis - to concentrate it, first and foremost, on topics that have a clear spill-over effect on sustainable economic growth and wealth creation; priority investment areas should be reconsidered in terms of their capability to generate wealth (for the EU and for the LAC regions, respectively). 3. Public support of R+D+I is also intended to stimulate employment; hence, it should be concentrated on the true creators of employment, particularly SMEs. 4. R+D+I has a major role to play in addressing societal challenges such as facilitating the relationship between government and citizens, deliver good public services, improve ROI in governments, contributing to a cleaner environment and a more sustainable re-industrialisation, bridging the digital gap, supporting health and education, etc.; many of these challenges are common to the EU and LAC regions; intensified collaboration should aim at identifying solutions that can be locally deployed and globally sustained. 5. R+D+I agendas should be articulated in support of the innovation agendas and should clearly map their intended contribution to a) wealth generation, b) employment creation and c) addressing societal challenges.

17 18

A Digital Agenda for Europe. EU-LAC SUMMIT, Madrid, 18 May 2010 - “Towards a new stage in the bi-regional partnership: innovation and technology for sustainable development and social inclusion” Madrid Action Plan 2010-2012.

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In view of the above, the following recommendations are put forward: Strategy 1. A strategic body (e.g. an “EU-LAC ICT R+D+I Forum”), coordinated by the European Commission on the European side and by an institution on the Latin American side, should elaborate a strategic agenda for cooperation with input from the relevant stakeholder communities. It should be the depositary of the various segmental innovation agendas and roadmaps on the basis of which ICT R+D+I cooperation is implemented between the two regions. This body could also be the main point of contact for information sharing, training and coaching. 2. Wherever possible, cooperation should be based on the reciprocity principle. In the absence of reciprocity agreements opening LAC programmes to EU entities, funding of non-EU partners through EU programmes is acceptable if there are clear benefits for the EU. The increased availability of funds on the LAC side complementing the EU funding could serve to preserve and consolidate the interests and leadership of LAC participants in projects. Coordinated calls based on jointly defined priorities should be considered as ultimately offering the best foundation for well-balanced, long-term partnerships. 3. The EU-LAC ICT policy dialogue should aim to promote the elaboration of policy agendas with a strong participation of the industrial sector, particularly of organisations that have a track record of generating employment through innovation, particularly SMEs. Innovation areas 1. Priority areas for R&D+I investment in ICT should be based on furthering economic competitiveness and addressing societal challenges19. 2. ICT for a sustainable re-industrialisation based on clean technologies (“3rd industrial revolution”) should be given absolute priority in view of the current state of the planet and the world economy. 3. Seeking to boost industrial competitiveness, investment needs to be targeted to foster the participation of SMEs not only as users but also as key players in the development of the new R+D+I areas and projects while promoting job creation. 4. The development of value-added, multilingual, ubiquitous ICT-based services for businesses and citizens should become the real corner-stone of a forward looking ICT strategy in the EU and LAC regions alike; these high-margin services increasingly constitute the bread-winner of the leading global ICT players. 5. ICT for major societal challenges (governance, inclusion, health, learning, etc.) will play an important role in ensuring that the fabric of our societies does not break at the seams as they cope with globalisation / re-industrialisation. 6. Investment into advanced and pervasive ICT networks should be seen as an important pre-requisite of the above rather than an end in itself. Tools for policy implementation 1. The special international cooperation line of the ICT Programme (or its successor) should be empowered to coordinate all international R+D+I cooperation on the EU side. A similar approach may be developed at continent level on the LAC side. Such coordination appears crucial in terms of determining the overall strategies to be pursued.

19

This corresponds to priorities (2) and (3) outlined in Horizon 2020, COM(2011)808 final, pages 4 & 5.

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2. Coordinated calls20, such as the ones initiated between the EU and Brazil and the EU and Mexico, should be extended and improved not only to streamline the adequacy between the EU and LAC innovation agendas, but also to initiate a more systematic planning of the ICT collaboration between partners on both sides of the Atlantic. The concept of sub-regional coordinated calls (e.g. the Caribbean, Central America, the Cono Sur, etc.) could be introduced. 3. As part of coordinated calls or independently, it might be useful to explore the feasibility of strategic international collaboration projects in areas of common interest with balanced EU and LAC participation and consequent budgets. Such projects should be envisaged only in areas where a common joint Innovation agenda & roadmap has been defined. They should involve a minimum of 5-6 partners from each side of the Atlantic with a consequent budget. This type of project would ensure that a critical mass of resources is combined in strategic areas of common interest to make a real difference in EU-LAC R+D+I collaboration. 4. At the other end of the scale, in order to encourage maximum flexibility, a generic mechanism facilitating the participation of Latin American partners in already running EU projects might be useful. Latin American partners could thus join projects that they consider of interest and, vice versa, European partners could start focussing on inviting the adequate LAC partners once their projects have been approved. Such a mechanism was part of the 2009-2010 ICT Work Programme. It should be re-instated. 5. Joint Innovation agendas (addressing research, development, innovation and market research) should be developed and maintained through the duration of a Programme (min. 5 years) involving the representative bodies of all categories of stakeholders in the value-chain as well as building on the achievements of past support actions in the field. 6. The setting up of a permanent training and coaching programme on the development of joint innovation agendas and roadmaps, the definition of joint R+D+I priorities, strategic partnership building and project development should be considered in the wake of successful mechanisms pioneered by recent support actions. 7. The People Programme of FP7 played a crucial role in fostering Long-lasting and trusting relationships, always based on personal relationships. Mechanisms such as Marie Curie, Erasmus Mundus etc. have played a key role in encouraging academic exchanges. Similar mechanisms should be made available or extended for exchanges at corporate level, in particular between SMEs. 8. European market-near programmes (e.g. CIP, Eureka, Eurostars) should be opened to Latin American participation. Latin American organisations should be fully recognized as regular beneficiaries of these programmes. 9. ICT standardisation is crucial to foster the exploitation of the research results and a core element in the overall innovation cycle: a permanent dialogue between the key standardisation bodies in the EU and LAC should be encouraged. Research with potential to contribute to standardization actions should be promoted. Brussels, December 2011

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FP7-NMP-2010-EU-Mexico and FP7-ICT-2011-EU-Brazil - New EU-Brazil coordinated call announced on 8 November 2011.

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