Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry and Research): extracts from the joint press conference by Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council, and Janez Potocnik
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/09/2008 First transmission: 26/09/2008
The European Ministers responsible for research met on 26/09/2008 in Brussels to discuss ways for joint priority-setting and joint action on science and research policy and implement a coherent EU framework for scientific cooperation with non-EU countries.
Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council of the EC, and Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research gave a press conference after the meeting.
They told journalists that if Europe is to remain a leading actor, particularly in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), it must be attractive for researchers, and it must also avoid redundancies and involve greater coordination beyond the frontiers of the Member States, and around jointly defined objectives, for example fighting Alzheimer, climate change, energy, information communication technologies and food.
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||Exterior view of the Council building
||General view of the press conference
||Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council of the EU, saying (in FRENCH) that the joint programming of research agendas will make it possible to engage in flexible coordination of European research effort, which are insufficiently coordinated, because only 15% of R&D in Europe at the moment involves coordination beyond the frontiers of the Member States. This means that there are redundancies and overlapping because of this absence of coordination. This instrument will enable Member States on a voluntary basis to coordinate national research programmes and means, around jointly defined objectives, for example fighting Alzheimer, climate change, energy, information and communication technologies and food.
||Cutaway of press
||Janez Poto?nik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research, saying (in ENGLISH) that they are switching from US, Japan, Europe to something where other major global players are knocking on the doors, and fast, like China, India, Brazil, and the others like Russia is getting stringer very much also when they talk about research. Is is one of the dimensions which is also typical for this world, is that the challenges which they have to face, are global, from drinking water to climate change, energy and migration questions, and diseases like Alzheimer, mentioned in the joint progamming.
||Janez Poto?nik saying (in ENGLISH) that people and companies are so mobile. Of course they are competing. But what is truly happening today in the world is that the places are competing? So Europe has to be attractive to be still competitive. That is why Europe has to act and react in a kind of different way.