Clune urges regional cooperation on jobs

Published 30/07/2016 | 00:00

MEP Deirdre Clune.
MEP Deirdre Clune.

Ireland South MEP and member of the European Parliaments SME grouping Deirdre Clune has said that companies, business organisations and local authorities should work together in the South East to target EU research and innovation funds - in an attempt to create more high end jobs in the region.

Clune feels that Ireland is punching well above its weight when it comes to delivering EU funds for Innovation and Research.

'Researchers and companies in Ireland have won a total of €274.7 million in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. The Higher Education system accounted for €172.5 million of this total and companies secured €79.2 million, including €54.3 million for SMEs. Horizon 20/20 is an EU programme designed specifically to support research and innovation.

'This EU funding has helped Ireland to climb to 6th place in the latest EU Innovation Scoreboard published last week (up from 8th place in 2015). This means that Ireland now leads the 2nd tier of countries, i.e. 'Strong Innovators'.

Successful EU funding applications by Waterford companies like Sedicii Innovations, The Waterford Institute of Technology and Wexford projects like LANDMARK are examples of how we can use EU innovation funds to create local high end jobs in the South East.

'Horizon 20/20 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme that has committed to deliver 80 billion in EU funds between 2014 and 2020. The Government has set a target of getting €1.25bn to Ireland from this fund by the end of 2020 and are currently on track to do so,' she said.

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