Visit by José Manuel Barroso and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to the First European Innovation Convention Exhibition
End production: 05/12/2011 First transmission: 05/12/2011
On 5 December 2011 in Brussels, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, participated in the 1st European Innovation Convention organized by the EC.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn attended with Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the DG "Research and Innovation" of the EC, the opening of an exhibition which celebrated the 1st anniversary of Innovation Union by showcasing the best of innovation in Europe. She then participated in the signature ceremony of the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF) agreement together with Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
In his speech entitled "The Innovation Union one year on", José Manuel Barroso presented his views on the key role of innovation in contributing to growth, jobs and well-being, saying that Innovation was the European blueprint to get the economy back on track over the course of the decade. He called for a smart fiscal consolidation and highlighted that cutting spending in key areas such as innovation, education, research and development would be exactly the wrong cut to do. The President also announced the appointment of a Chief scientific adviser, a new position created in the EC.
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||Máire Geoghegan Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, arriving to cut the ribbon and to open the Innovation Convention 2011, along with Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the Research and Innovation DG of the EC
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||Máire Geoghegan Quinn visiting the exhibition with Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB (5 shots)
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, accompanied by Máire Geoghegan Quinn
||José Manuel Barroso and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visiting the exhibition (9 shots)