AENEAS is an Association, established in 2006, providing unparalleled networking opportunities, policy influence & supported access to funding to all types R&D&I participants in the field of micro and nanoelectronics enabled components and systems. AENEAS is open to all players in the ECS value chain, such as Large Enterprises, Small and Medium Enterprises, research institutes and universities. AENEAS is currently gathering more than 380 organisations.

As private member of the ECSEL JU, AENEAS advocates for European and National support of Research, Development and Innovation. Together with its partners, AENEAS shapes the digital future of Europe and co-defines the RD&I Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) strategy. AENEAS also strongly stimulates and supports collaborative innovation to meet societal and economic challenges in a sustainable way.

AENEAS is also operating the EUREKA funded programme PENTA.

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ARTEMIS Industry Association strives for a leading position of Europe in Embedded Intelligence. The Association is a membership organization for the European R&I actors with more than 200 members and associates from all over Europe. The multidisciplinary nature of the membership provides an excellent network for the exchange of technology ideas, cross-domain fertilisation, as well as for large innovation initiatives.

ARTEMIS Industry Association believes that there are no sharp delineations between technologies, and that such technologies should not be considered in splendid isolation. These areas together will allow the rise of new innovative businesses that support the opportunities for value creation in several sectors that Embedded Intelligence creates. In an industrial context Cyber-Physical Systems encompasses a wider class of systems than Embedded Systems in their most narrow definition. Therefore, ARTEMIS-IA distinguishes three focus areas that together create this wider industrial context of Embedded Intelligence:

  • Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital Platforms

As private partner in ECSEL Joint Undertaking, ARTEMIS-IA supports formation of consortia and initiation of project proposals for joint collaboration and creates the meeting place where key industry players and other R&D&I actors identify strategic high priority topics for collaborative R&I projects.

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EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, is an industry-driven policy initiative, defining R&D and innovation needs as well as policy requirements related to Smart Systems Integration and integrated Micro- and Nanosystems. EPoSS is contributing to EUROPE 2020, the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade, to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.

EPoSS brings together European private and public stakeholders in order to create an enduring basis for structuring initiatives, for co-ordinating and bundling efforts, for setting-up sustainable structures of a European Research Area on Smart Systems Integration. EPoSS embraces all key players, public and private, in the value chain so as to:

  • provide a common European approach on Innovative Smart Systems Integration from research to production outlining the key issues for a strategic European innovation process,
  • define priorities for common research and innovation in the future,
  • formulate commonly agreed road maps for action (updating, assembling and completing existing material and approaches) and provide a strategic R&D agenda, and
  • mobilise public and private human, infrastructural and financial resources.

The initiative is of immediate importance in view of defining research and technology priorities for the "Horizon 2020" programme - the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, for raising more critical mass and resources and for coordinating between different initiatives (national, regional, EUREKA, European public funding, and industry).

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ECSEL Joint Undertaking: the Public-Private Partnership keeping Europe at the forefront of technology development.

Electronic components and systems (ECS) are a pervasive Key Enabling Technology, impacting all industrial branches and almost all aspects of life. A smartphone, a smart card, a smart energy grid, a smart city, even smart governance; everything “smart” is based on integrating semiconductor chips running embedded software. They provide the fabric on which the internet runs; they give life to portable phones and tablets; they drive driverless cars and trains, fly airliners, drones and satellites. In modern times, no national economy can win in the global competition without mastering this technology, with unparalleled systemic and strategic impact.

The ECSEL JU objectives:

  • Contribute to the development of a strong and globally competitive electronics components and systems industry in the European Union;
  • Ensure the availability of electronic components and systems for key markets and for addressing societal challenges, keeping Europe at the forefront of technology development, bridging the gap between research and exploitation, strengthening innovation capabilities and creating economic and employment growth in the Union;
  • Align strategies with Member States to attract private investment;
  • Maintain and grow semiconductor and smart system manufacturing capability in Europe;
  • Secure and strengthen a commanding position in design and systems engineering;
  • Provide access for all stakeholders to a world-class infrastructure for design and manufacturing;
  • Build a dynamic ecosystem involving Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), strengthening existing clusters and creating new clusters.

Members of ECSEL JU:

  • the European Union (through the Commission);
  • Member States and Associated Countries to the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 on a voluntary basis;
  • Three associations (EPoSS, AENEAS and ARTEMIS Industry Association) representing the actors from the areas of micro- and nano-electronics, smart integrated systems and embedded/cyber-physical systems.

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European Commission

European Commission

The European Commission is the executive division of the European Union, which takes decisions on the Union's political and strategic direction, while promoting its general interest. The European Commission is structured into Directorates-General (DGs) which are responsible for developing policies for specific areas. DGs develop, implement and manage EU policy, law, and funding programmes, in addition to dealing with particular administrative issues.

One of the main pillars of the European Commission is the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). It is the division responsible for conceiving and implementing the policies required to create a Digital Single Market in Europe, for more growth and jobs, where citizens, businesses, and public administrations can seamlessly and fairly access and provide digital goods, content and services. The Digital Single Market strategy, identified as one of the Commissions 10 political priorities, aims to open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe's position as a world leader in the digital economy.

DG CONNECT is responsible for implementing the EU Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme in the field of ICT. Amongst the policies developed and actions taken are the current measures to Digitise European Industry, which will help companies' large and small, researchers and public authorities to make the most of digital technologies, such as micro/nano electronics and integrated microsystems, to name a few.

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EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA’s aim is to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. By doing this, EUREKA concentrates the existing potential of experts, of knowledge, research facilities and financial resources in a more efficient way. EUREKA is constantly proving its value through a wealth of success stories – innovative products, processes and services that have been launched onto the market over the last 30 years, creating additional turnover and jobs for European companies, small and large – and by supporting the internationalization of businesses with innovative ideas.

EUREKA is a leading open platform for international cooperation in innovation. It is present in over 40 countries and remains to this day the only initiative of its kind committed to the ‘bottom-up’principle - ensuring that any R&D project with a good business plan receives the support it deserves, independent of its technological nature, or the type of organisations involved.

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Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Education, research, and innovation are the foundations for the future of Germany and Europe. With its numerous research programmes and initiatives, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research plays an active role in shaping digital transformation in core areas of our society in order to secure and strengthen Europe’s technological sovereignty and scientific leadership. In particular, this includes supporting trustworthy and sustainable (micro)electronic components and systems, which are crucial to our prosperity and competitiveness in the digital age.

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The Germany Council Presidency


In the second half of 2020, Germany assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the 13th time. The Presidency starts under altered conditions: the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on health, as well as its economic and social consequences throughout Europe, are the focus of attention.

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