European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas has marked 20 years of EU-Israel research partnership.
Moedas said: “Israel is a country where creativity and curiosity-driven innovations are a normal, everyday reality. Israel’s successful and dynamic innovation ecosystem is an inspiration.
“Dreaming big in Israel has given the world many breakthroughs, such as drugs against Parkinson’s and cancer, and even the invention of the USB stick.”
Moedas opened a conference in the European Parliament marking the EU-Israel partnership which saw the participation of top researchers and investors.
Israel was the first ever non-European country to be associated with the Horizon 2020 programme.
Recently, in an interim evaluation of the programme, it was published that Israel is ranked second after Switzerland, with the highest success rates in the tenders.
Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, said: “Israel’s participation in H2020 brought great benefits to both sides.”
In 20 years of partnership, Israeli investment in the programme was around €1.375bn, while the return to Israeli entities in the form of grants reached €1.7bn. Over 3,000 projects submitted by Israeli entities were approved.
German MEP Christian EHLER, from the European People’s Party (EPP), said: “We want to deepen the research and innovation partnership and specifically reach out to the start-up culture in Israel.”