One of the new association’s main missions is to collaborate with the European Commission (EC) to develop and implement a strategy and a roadmap for research, technological development and innovation in robotics, in view of the launch of the next framework program Horizon 2020. Towards this end, euRobotics aisbl was formed to engage from the private side in a contractual Public-Private Partnership with the European Union as the public side. For more details please refer to the website: http://www.eu-robotics.net/.
The association has been nurtured by the partners of euRobotics, a Coordination Action funded by the EC under FP7 which started in 2010 and is ending in December 2012. The objectives of euRobotics are to boost European robotics research, development and innovation and to foster a positive perception of robotics. It aims at:
• strengthening competitiveness and ensuring industrial leadership of
manufacturers, providers and end users of robotics technology-based
systems and services;
• the widest and best uptake of robotics technologies and services for professional and private use;
• the excellence of the science base of European robotics.
So far euRobotics aisbl has 42 members, 35 of whom became founding members on the spot at the event on 17 September in Brussels.
On 18 September 2012 in Brussels, representatives from the European robotics manufacturers and research institutes joined European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the first step towards a PPP launch in 2013.