At the end of 2010, a Group of Independent Experts has carried out an Interim Evaluation of the Eurostars Joint Programme and published a final report with its conclusions on the first years of operation of this programme. According to this report, the number of SMEs likely to benefit from international R&D collaborations “is likely to grow, slowly but steadily, in the future, as industrial companies adopt open innovation practices.” Therefore, the experts recommended that the Eurostars Joint Programme continue beyond 2013.

This week, the European Commission has adopted a communication with the response to this evaluation. The good news, in particular for European SMEs, is that the European Commission clearly expressed its wish to keep supporting this programme.

European Commission,