The European Commission, industry and academia have agreed to launch a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics, to help Europe-based companies take a larger share of the €15.5 billion annual global robotics market. Representatives from European robotics manufacturers, research institutes joined European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the first step towards a PPP launch in 2013. The Commission believes that the future PPP will strengthen the EU robotics sector.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said “A strong robotics industry is key to Europe’s future competitiveness. Growing our robotics industry means new jobs and a strong European manufacturing sector “.

Robotics is a key driver for Europe’s growth and competitiveness. The PPP in Robotics aims to: Develop strategic goals for European robotics and foster their implementation; Improve the industrial competitiveness of Europe through innovative robotic technologies; Provide robotic products and services as key enablers to help solve Europe‘s societal challenges; Strengthen the networking activities of the European robotics community; Promote European robotics; Reach out to existing and new users and markets; Contribute to policy development and address ethical, legal and societal issues.

The private partners in the PPP (from academia and industry) will now prepare a proposal for the PPP for, the Commission to examine and formally endorse.