Establishing the European Technology
Platform Food for Life:
European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led, public/private partnerships encouraged by the European Commission to drive innovation and unite stakeholder communities in reaching
strategic research objectives of key European industry sectors.The main goals of the ETPs are to strengthen the European innovation process, improve knowledge transfer and stimulate European
competitiveness across the food chain.
Establishing National Food Platforms (NFPs) across
During the extensive national and regional consultation process that took place to ensure that the ETP’s strategic Research Agenda addressed the needs and opportunities of the whole of
Europe, various countries suggested developing National Food Platforms (NFPs) to bring together stakeholders at national level to facilitate two-way discussion with ETP.These were
subsequently networked to enhance knowledge exchange, experience & best practice; assist with interactions between specific stakeholder groups (e.g. SMEs; consumer bodies) in different
countries; identify regional concerns and/or opportunites, ensure the ETP’s activities remained relevant to Europe as a whole.There are currently 34 NFPs linked to the ETP each reflecting the
national importance of the agri-food sector together with the nature and level of contacts between individual stakeholder sectors.
Promoting the European Research
The European Research Area (ERA) is composed of all research and development activities, programmes and policies in Europe which involve a transnational perspective.Together, they enable
researchers, research institutions and businesses to increasingly circulate, compete and co-operate across borders.The aim is to give them access to a Europe-wide open space for knowledge and
technologies in which transnational synergies and complementarities are fully exploited.The ERA consists of activities, programmes and policies that are designed and operated at all levels:
regional, national and European.