The first four Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) can now get up and running, following formal approval by the Council of Ministers on 20 December. Each will be a large-scale public private partnership, with European Commission participation, designed to drive forward research and development work in specific fields. The four JTIs are in the areas of embedded systems (ARTEMIS), nanoelectronics (ENIAC), innovative medicines (IMI) and environmentally friendly aeronautics (Clean Sky). They will pool finance from the Commission and in kind' resources from leading companies. Specific EU member states have already indicated that they will provide national funds to ARTEMIS and...

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