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Turkey wants to raise Eureka’s global profile

Turkey, which will oversee the Eureka network of small businesses in 2012-13, has said it wants to focus its chairmanship on international cooperation.

In its work programme Turkey says that its first priority of the year will be to set an international cooperation strategy for Eureka, as well as to increase the number of projects carried out with third countries.

In addition, Turkey aims to beef up the profile of Eurostars in order to make it the preferred research and innovation funding programme for small businesses under Horizon 2020, the follow-up to Framework 7 in 2014-20.

One Eureka member country assumes a one-year rotating chairmanship of the network every summer. Turkey’s chairmanship will be officially launched in Istanbul on 13 July. It is carried out by Tübitak, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.