AcrossLimits Consultancy has been involved in EU funding for over 19 years; since the Fifth RTD Framework Programme (FP5) 1998-2002. FP5 focused on increasing the rate of industrial competitiveness as well as improving the quality of life for European citizens. It combined research, technological development and training in the nuclear sector with a socio-economic approach. Since then, we have gone on to contribute as beneficiaries to over 60 successful EU projects. We have had 20 years of experience as service providers and experts to various European institutions and entities.
Our work with the European Commission has included assistance to various associated Directorate Generals. We have participated in initiatives by the Research and Innovation (RTD) DG, which is concerned with increasing the number of jobs related to science, research and technological development within the EU labour market. We have also given our expertise in matters relating to youth and cultural issues (DG EAC), entrepreneurship (DG Grow) as well as communications (DG Connect). Additionally, we have served as a jury member for the Executive Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The EASME is a Commission department set up with the intention to aid SMEs in terms of innovation, environmental issues and climate change and to make Europe more competitive and sustainable. The European Parliament has also adopted our services through the Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA). This is an internationally recognised policy-making body which was set up to address the important contributions which science and technology can make. Yet, apart from Parliament, we have collaborated with various European institutes; including the European Institute for Technology (EIT) and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). EIT has provided many education and training courses, business services and projects to research institutes and innovative companies. On the other hand, EIGE is tasked with the promotion of gender equality within Europe and has thus been involved in many research initiatives over the years.
We have not just been involved with European-level entities. On the contrary, we have also contributed to initiatives on both national and international levels. We enjoy collaborating with ministries and regional/local councils not just within Malta, but also within countries such as Italy, UK and Sweden. As for international entities, we have provided our services and expertise to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisations (NATO).
We have now come full-circle as we currently serve as Advisory Board member to Horizon 2020. This is the EU Framework Programme for 2014-2020, which focuses on social, industrial and scientific issues. Its aims are to create more jobs as well as increase the rate of economic progress throughout the EU. This heavily aligns with our vision for a better and more prosperous Europe.