Over 600 opinions received on metrology - European Commission releases results of Public Consultation

The European Commission has released the results of the Public Consultation on the “European Metrology Research Programme under Horizon 2020”. An impressive total of 624 responses were received to the online questionnaire. They came from twenty seven EU countries and more than ten countries outside the European Union. This emphasizes the international interest in EURAMET’s research initiative, the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). As part of the preparations for EMPIR, the European Commission carried out a stakeholder consultation including an online survey. For a period of twelve weeks, until the end of December 2012, individuals, companies and institutions were invited to give their opinion on metrology research.

The analysis of the responses delivers valuable insights: On average 97 % of the participants think that metrology research is very relevant or relevant for addressing grand societal challenges, enhancing European competitiveness, and supporting European policies, standardisation and regulations. The answers demonstrate that there is a clear preference for a new, reinforced Article 185 initiative under Horizon 2020. Accordingly, the EU wishes to continue its participation in a new and broadened successor programme to the EMRP. 92 % of the respondents are of the opinion that this policy option is very suitable or appropriate.

EURAMET is delighted with the high level of response. Dr Kamal Hossain, Chairperson of EURAMET, commented: “For EURAMET the evaluation was a crucial step in judging support for EMPIR. We are happy that so many of our stakeholders have supported us and we thank them for their contributions.”

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