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The European Commission confirms the preparation of a “potential Joint Undertaking in the railway sector” in its Communication on PPPs in Horizon 2020

The European Commission published on 10 July several legislative proposals for the renewal of existing JTIs (such as Clean Sky) and the creation of a new one (on bio-based industries). In the official Communication accompanying these legislative proposals, the Commission set out how it intends to strengthen industrial engagement in Horizon 2020 through further public-private partnerships. The Commission then confirmed that: “the scale of research and innovation effort and the policy need to complete the Single European Railway Area and build EU leadership in rail technologies presents a good case for a potential Joint Undertaking in the railway sector and [the Commission] will work with the industry to develop a proposal.”