Europe's innovators are coming together. Through the Association for Technology Implementation in Europe (TAFTIE), a group of 14 organisations from 13 countries, national technological innovation organisations can cooperate with and learn from one another. This also assists their customers in forming international partnerships.
TAFTIE's membership is made up of organisations which have responsibility at national level for their country's national innovation programmes. The Association allows the national organisations to learn best practice from an analysis of how other member organisations run their affairs. It also enables them to co-operate at a European level.
If European industry is to compete in the new millennium then Europe's undoubted talent in high-technology must be fully exploited. The continent's very large number of highly talented companies and research institutes must overcome the barriers between them and learn to work together. Flexible, innovative and fast-developing small and medium sized enterprises, stand to benefit most from international partnerships.
TAFTIE is developing mechanisms which will make it easier for European industry, particularly SME's to pursue international innovative projects. The members of TAFTIE are:
These organisations play a major role in implementing their own countrie's technology policies and programmes. Bringing these organisations together through TAFTIE allows them to cater more efficiently to the international needs of their customers.
The Association engages in two types of activity. These are: