Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council: extracts from the joint press conference (research) by Janez Potocnik and Mojca Kucler Dolinar
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 30/05/2008 First transmission: 30/05/2008
The European Ministers for Research agreed on 30 May 2008 in Brussels to launch the so-called "Ljubljana Process" of enhanced governance of the European Research Area (ERA), in order to improve the coherence and synergy among several good research initiatives already launched at national and EU levels, so that a globally competitive, knowledge-based and innovative Europe can be created.
However, the EU remained deadlocked in discussions over where to set up a new high-tech innovation institute, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), with Poland and Hungary both pushing for the right to host it.
Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology and President in office of the Council, told journalists that each day without a seat of the EIT is a day lost because it prevents from focusing on the setting out of the first science and innovation community.
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||Exterior view of the Council building
||General view of the press conference
||Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research, (in ENGLISH) on the European research area; saying that they continue to put in place the bricks for realising the European research area; they are gradually lifting the barriers to the freedom of movement of knowledge; they have officially launched the Ljubljana process which covers the principles on which the governance of the European research area will be based; these principles are quite simple; first, they have to define a shared vision of the European research area; second, it is an innovative approach to build a joint ownership among the Member States for making national research more European; third, the political steering is made at ministerial level; and fourth, this partnership also includes associated countries but also civil societies; it is open
||Cutaway of press
||Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) on the deadlock related to the location of the European Institute of Technology (EIT); saying that what is important in this process is not their discussions the previous day but the fact that all Ministers for Research are committed to find a solution and to reach the objective they have set
||Mojca Kucler Dolinar (in SLOVENIAN) on the one year deadline for finding a solution on EIT's location; saying that you can find this in the regulation itself; it sets out the timetable within which the decision of the seat of the EIT will be taken and it defines it as one year; the Ministers in their bilateral discussions and exchanges of views have always stressed that they want to find a solution as soon as possible; each day without a seat of the EIT is a day lost because it prevents them from focusing on the setting out of the first science and innovation community