Working Dinner “Breaking down the Silos – a multi-Platform Proposal for crosscutting Collaboration in Road Mobility Research”

Europe’s mobility is facing challenging times. Decarbonization, digitalization and new emerging players are accelerating innovation and pushing the boundaries of research and development, especially in the automotive sector. The European Union framework programmes have been important to all stakeholders (large companies, SMEs, universities, research groups, etc.) as they contribute to structure, research and innovation ecosystem, allowing for different actors to meet, identify research needs and to implement joint research and innovation projects. With this Working Dinner we aim at contributing to the development of ideas for the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Each table will be moderated and invited to launch an individual discussion engaging experts and yourself. We believe that your contribution as Member of the Committee on Regional Development and as the Opinion Rapporteur for Horizon Europe framework programme for research and innovation 2021-2027, will be beneficial to the dinner and topic. The conclusions emerging of each of the debates are to be presented at the end of the event.

SME Star Awards 2020

During these months we have asked our Board Members (Members of the European Parliament) to nominate exemplary SMEs representing their regions for 12 different categories. We are thankful to all Members who answered our call as we have received several applications from Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Austria, Latvia, Ukraine and Ireland. These nominees are now to be judged on their attitude towards cross border cooperation, competition, and of course whether the nature of their concept is deemed to have potential to be successful and make a positive impact on the EU economy. During the Ceremony on October 17th the winners of all categories are going to be announced and awarded by our esteemed Board Members. Every winning SME will still compete for the main prize – the SME Star Award Winner 2018 that will be voted LIVE during the show. With this event we would like to make a difference and create a magnificent occasion which seeks to bring SMEs into the Brussels spotlight, and thus mobilizing SMEs to push themselves above and beyond. It is also an opportunity to celebrate your valuable commitment to European SMEs.