Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President, gave a start for the first phase of Future Internet – Public-Private Partnership Programme (FI-PPP) on 3 May, 2011 with the participation of the industrial stakeholders, public sector, research institutes and SMEs both from EU and Turkey.
The first phase of Future Internet – Public-Private Partnership Programme (FI-PPP) was launched by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes on 3 May 2011, Brussels. According to this, the first phase of the FI-PPP will last for two years (2011-2012) and develop the toolbox of generic services for preparing the large scale trial. FI PPP Programme is a 5-years period and following the first phase, the second phase and third phase of the programme will be launched. The second phase (2013-14) will be the large scale trials of innovative and complex Internet services and applications in a wide range of domains across Europe. The third phase (2014-2015) will be dedicated towards transforming these trials into fertile digital ecosystems and connecting them to their regional innovation policy.
The main aim of the FI PPP is to overcome the challenges in the area of technology, business, society and governance with the partnership of the public and private organizations. The partnership will support innovation in Europe and help businesses and governments to develop internet solutions. The FI PPP brings together the major industrial stakeholders, public sector, research institutes and SMEs into a new type of innovation ecosystem. The FI PPP Programme involves the 152 different organizations of 23 member countries and associated countries in FP7. The shares of the organizations in the programme are as following: ICT services and R&D 21%, Telecom 13%, Energy and Environment 13%, Other Technology companies (such as artificial intelligence, marine, aerial and satellite R&D and other hardware manufacturing) 12%, Academia 11%, Business Development and Management 7%, Transport and logistics 6%, Construction and Infrastructure 4%, Media and Broadcasting 4%, Defence and Security 4%, Cities 2% and other industries 3%.
At the launch of the FI PPP Programme’s Phase 1, the following projects and clusters are carrying forward four key objectives; FI Ware – Technology Foundation, Infinity – Capacity Building and Infrastructure Support, Concord – Programme Facilitation & Support, Use Case Scenarios and Early Trials.
In the launch of the ceremony, Neelie Kroes emphasized the importance of Future Internet inEurope by stating “The internet economy will be growing to 5.8% of GDP, or almost € 800 billion, by 2014. But we are only at the beginning of the internet era. Europe must mobilise all its talent to keep ahead in this sector, not only to ensure Europe’s future competitiveness and to unlock European creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, but also to safeguard European values like privacy, openness, and diversity. Therefore we should use public finances in a smart way to leverage industry investment – if we don’t invest and innovate first, our global competitors will.”
Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, and Haluk Gökmen Consultant in Arcelik participated in the ceremony and met Neelie Kroes. Neelie Kroes stated that she was very happy to see the Turkish organizations in this community and also indicated that she would visit Turkey very soon to meet the key organizations within the FI PPP Programme.
You could watch the video of Neelie Kroes in the FI PPP launch ceremony from the following link: http://www.fi-ppp.eu/
For further information about the FI PPP Programme, please also visit the following web sites: www.future-internet.eu (The European Future Internet Portal),http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/programme/challenge1_en.html (Ongoing European FI research & development activities).