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Turkey was holding the EUREKA Program chairmanship since July of last year. Recently, the chaimanship was handed over to Norway.  

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“EUREKA is a critical platform which supports international strategic partnerships formed by businesses, research centres and universities carrying out market-oriented research projects,” EUREKA Chairman Okan KARA stated. “Turkey was one of the founding members of EUREKA in 1985.  Though not actively taking part in the program until 2006, Turkey has been drawing a lot of attention in recent years with both increase in number of involved projects and critical technologies developed by Turkish companies through the programme,” Okan KARA added.


Throughout the Turkish EUREKA Chairmanship, Turkey moved up to 4th place from 11th among 42 countries

“Every company should think to benefit from the global cooperation and collaboration opportunities in which one of the opportunities is EUREKA Programme whose main agenda is to enhance the global cooperation in the scope of high technology product and processes” Okan Kara, former EUREKA Chairman, stated. “Turkey undertook the EUREKA Chairmanship; it is aimed to become very active towards the number of projects and ranked in top 10 EUREKA countries. As today with a great success, Turkey became the 4th country with respect to project number among the EUREKA Member countries. Turkey was ranked as 28th country in 2007, 11th country in 2012. Turkey is ranked in the 4th place after Germany, France and Spain with 48 projects. Hence Turkey is considered to be the “Shining Star” of the EUREKA Programme,” he continued. “In the period 2010-2012, 120 Turkish company took part in 42 projects with a total budget 50 Million Euros and more than half of these companies are SMEs which followed by large enterprises and universities. The rising technology area in Turkey is information and communication technologies which is followed by environment and biotechnology,” he added.


Creating tenfold value-added

“TUBITAK is responsible for the coordination of EUREKA Programme in Turkey and TUBITAK aims to increase the number of Turkish companies participated in the programme through organizing international brokerage events, information days and supporting Turkish companies for the development of project proposals” former Head of EUREKA Executive Group, Okan KARA stated. Okan KARA draws attention to the importance of the programme with an analysis showing that 1 million Euros public funding to a EUREKA Project creates 10 million Euros value-added. “Besides, this programme provides crucial technology transfer and international cooperation opportunities to the companies intending to run in the high-tech race,” he said.


Turkey has determined the R&D agenda of EUREKA Programme“During the EUREKA Chairmanship period, Turkish Chairmanship determined the R&D agenda of EUREKA Programme and developed strategies to adopt the programme for the future challenges” Okan KARA emphasized. “We endeavoured in order to turn the chairmanship into an opportunity for Turkish industry and SMEs through organizing so many international events in the scope of annual work programme. By this means, member states were aware of the R&D capabilities and potential of Turkish companies as well as increasing awareness of Turkish companies about the programme,” he added.

What is EUREKA ?EUREKA is a Europe-wide, bottom-up initiative which was established to enhance Europe’s competitiveness by supporting businesses, research centres and universities which carry out pan-European, close-to-market research projects. EUREKA offers flexible and decentralized support for innovative and close to market research and development projects by facilitating access to national public and private funding schemes. Over the 27 years since the foundation of EUREKA in 1985, more than 4000 projects and nearly 30 million Euro R&D volumes have been created. Also participation of SMEs has significantly increased and has risen to 50% level of total participation. Many important Turkish companies including Turkcell Technology, Turk Telekom and TUPRAS are board members of clusters focused on specific technology areas.


Summary Report of the Symposium : Inventory, Challenges and
Recently, a symposium took place at Leiden University on  May 16th, 2013 on legal and policy aspects of space  cooperation between Europe and BRICS Countries.

In 2009, the BRIC countries (Brasil, India, China, Russia, South-Africa)  assembled a flexible political and economic grouping of major developing countries.

The interdisciplinary event was jointly organized by the International Institute
of Air and Space Law of Leiden Law School and the Department of Latin American
Studies of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities.



ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle,Albert Einstein, was launched into orbit on june 6th  2013 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Europe’s autonomous supply ship will perform a series of manoeuvres to dock with the International Space Station on 15 June.


The Ariane 5 rocket, operated by Arianespace, lifted off at 21:52:11 GMT (23:52:11 CEST, 18:52:11 local time) and delivered ATV-4 into the planned circular parking orbit at 260 km altitude about 64 minutes later. ATV then deployed its four power-generating solar wings and antenna boom.

The ship is being monitored by the ATV Control Centre, jointly operated by ESA and CNES, the French space agency, in Toulouse. It will complete the Launch and Early Orbit Phase in some six hours after launch and is due to rendezvous and dock automatically with the Station at 13:46 GMT (15:46 CEST) on 15 June.

At 20 190 kg, ATVAlbert Einsteinis the heaviest spacecraft ever launched by Ariane, beating predecessor ATVEdoardo Amaldiby some 150 kg. ESA’s resupply and reboost vehicle is the largest, most advanced and most capable of the vehicles servicing the orbital outpost.

“With another successful launch of the ATV, and another record in lifting capacity, European industry demonstrates its capacity to produce unique spacecrafts, providing ESA with a key role among the partners of the International Space Station,” noted Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General.

“This adventure is still in the making – ATV-4 is flying but ATV-5 is following and ATV technologies will survive beyond them in promising new programmes, such as NASA’s Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, for which ESA is developing the service module.

“From ATV to Orion, ESA is building up capabilities which will provide Europe the capacity to be a key partner in future international exploration programmes, “ said Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations.

“Today, we’re supporting long-term settlement and scientific research in low orbit. Tomorrow, we will take this expertise beyond Earth orbit together with our partners.”

ATV-4 is carrying a record payload of 2480 kg dry cargo, including 620 kg of ‘last minute’ items, which were installed while on top of Ariane, less than two weeks before launch. Stored in ATV’s pressurised section, this cargo is also the most diverse ever, with more than 1400 items.

In addition, ATV-4 has 2580 kg of propellants for reboosting the Station’s orbit and 860 kg more to refill the tanks of the Zvezda module. It will also pump 570 kg of drinking water and 100 kg of gases (two tanks of oxygen, one of air) into the Station’s tanks.

ATV was developed for ESA by European industry, with Astrium as prime contractor, to deliver goods and propellants under a barter agreement with NASA to support Europe’s share of the Station’s operating costs. It features high-precision navigation systems, highly redundant flight software and a fully autonomous self-monitoring and collision-avoidance system with independent power supplies, control and thrusters.

No other spaceship approaching the Station has demonstrated such a level of autonomous control.

Albert Einsteinis the fourth in a series of five ATVs. It will spend over 4 months docked to the Zvezda module, during which it will provide extra storage room and a quiet rest area for the astronauts. It also offers a powerful manoeuvring capability to raise the Station’s altitude to combat natural orbital decay and, if required, to steer it out of the way of dangerous space debris.

At the end of its mission, filled with waste, it will undock on 28 October and make a safe controlled reentry over the South Pacific.

The last ATV,Georges Lemaître, is being prepared for launch in 2014.


SusChem is an initiative of CEFIC (the european Chemical industry council), academics and the industrial world to conduct a reflexion about sustainable chemistry in Europe in the future.

SusChem stakeholders met on may 14th and 15th in Brussels to discuss resource efficiency, water efficiency, raw materials and energy materials/smart cities.

BRUSSELS DIPLOMATIC intervewed Dr gernotz Klotz, the vice-president of SusChem who explained us what is and what does Suschem






Yesterday in Brussels, Huawei , a chinese global telecommunication company presented its most advanced technology to european developers in front of the European parliament in Brussels.

Huawei is a global telecommunication company with an advanced wifi technology, also for crisis situations. Their technology was used during the earthquake in Haiti.

Huawei gathered yesterday important EU-stakehilders, MEPs and EC-officials to explain their projects in Europe.

We had an interview with Tony GRAZIANO, the VP Public-Affairs and Communication of Huawei in Brussels.




SAINKT-PETERSBURG: EU-commissionner for regional policy Johannes HAHN gave today a speech in Sankt-Petersburg (Russia) about “environment as key issue of the baltic cooperation strategy”

Johannes Hahn

Here is what he said today in front of russian prime minister D. Medvedev:

“Prime Minister Medvedev,

Your Excellencies,

Dear colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I will never forget my first day as EU Commissioner for Regional Policy. It was the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki back in February 2010. I could not have had a better introduction to the crucial impact regional action can have and the importance of regions working together to achieve common goals.

So I am delighted to be here once again to represent President Barroso, and we are all grateful to our Russian hosts for the excellent organisation of this important event.

It is important because environmental challenges do not recognise man-made borders. Climate change, pollution, and natural disasters all require that we join our efforts at local, regional and national level – and with our international partners.

The truth is that nature does not need mankind – but mankind cannot advance without nature. Good environmental management is central to modern economic development.

The marine environment of the fragile Baltic Sea is key to the prosperity and well-being of all our people. That is why it is at the heart of the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. And why it is the core of co-operation between the EU and Russia in this region, through HELCOM and the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership.

The EU Baltic Sea Strategy is a relatively young initiative providing a new form of co-operation between the countries of the region. It allows particularly the EU Member States around the sea basin to plan strategically together and maximise the impact they can achieve with the public and private funds available.

As we develop and refine this new way of working together, it is clear to me that the dominant focus must remain our common interest in saving the sea. Without this, our two other chief concerns, connecting the region and building prosperity, make little sense.

It is still early days, but we can already claim some important progress through the EU Strategy. We have stimulated commitments to phase out the phosphates in detergents that contribute to eutrophication. We have mobilised farmers to adopt better practice to avoid pollution of the sea. And we have launched pilot investments in nutrient removal in four key municipal wastewater treatment plants.

To be successful, we need to work together. We need the full support of all the stakeholders involved in areas that have an impact on the environmental condition of the sea.

Of course, co-operation with Russia is of paramount importance. We look forward to strengthening our work together – including through the Baltic Sea Region programme, in which I hope Russia will soon become a full partner.

Our cooperation has intensified in recent years as Russia has moved to modernise its environmental policies. The personal commitment of Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin has been key in prioritising work in this field – with 2013 named a Year of Environmental Protection. The EU particularly welcomes the programme for environmental protection till 2020 adopted last year.

This is an essential partnership – driven by common interests and objectives. But it is one in which we will be judged by results. The high level participation here today speaks for the determination and political commitment there is to ensure we protect the heart of this region. However, our will to succeed must be translated into actions and I look forward to the next HELCOM ministerial meeting later this year that will review progress and decide on the next steps to be taken.

And, while we are thinking ahead, let me also invite you all to the next annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region which will be held in Vilnius on 11-12 November.

Prime minister, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen

We are all here today because we believe in co-operating across borders to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges we face. We have already achieved a lot. Let’s stay ambitious, and ensure that we pass a better place to live and work to those who come after us.”

the baltic sea

the baltic sea


A delegation consisting of representatives of government, businesses and ports of Belgium visited the stand of the Port of Paranaguá, in the 19th Intermodal South America, which takes place from Tuesday until this Thursday in Sao Paulo. The Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, Didier Reynders, the ambassador to Brazil, Jozef Smets, and directors of the ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent.
the port of Ghent (Belgium)

the port of Ghent (Belgium)

“In December, we received the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium in Paranaguá and now in Intermodal, it confirms that the intention of a technical-operational agreement remains strong” said the superintendent of the Port Authority of Paranaguá and Antonina (APPA) Luiz Henrique Dividino, who received the delegation, with the Technical Director, Paulinho Dalmaz  and Administrative and Financial Roberto Carlos Frisoli.

“We have an extensive protocol of intentions with Belgium, which is one of the best countries in the world in port operations. The Port of Ghent, especially is very similar to ours. We can offer a lot to them and they to us, in terms of cooperation” , said M Frisoli.

According to the Belgian ambassador in Brazil, Jozef Smets, who has also been at the Port of Paranaguá, to invest in partnerships in the port sector is a goal of the Belgian government. “The Port of Ghent has much interest in developing this partnership with the Port of Paranaguá. I think the two ports only gain in development with that contact. As we can we embassy, ​​we will support”, said  the belgian diplomat.

INTERMODAL – One of the most important events of the country for the sectors of logistics, freight transportation and trade, Intermodal gathers 600 exhibitors and should receive more than 45000 people.