Extracts from the press conference by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on the simplification of procedures for EU research funding
At a press conference on 29/04/2010 in Brussels, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, presented a European Commission's plan to cut further red rape in EU-funded research projects.
The overall aim was to make participation transparent and attractive, to the best researchers and innovative companies in Europe and beyond. Ensuring European research realises its full potential, was crucial to the EU's Europe 2020 Strategy, given the need to consolidate economic recovery, and develop new sources of growth and jobs to replace those lost in the crisis.
Complementing the proposals on simplification, the Commission had also appointed a group of independent experts to review all aspects of the current Seventh Framework Programme, known as FP7.