Competitiveness Council: extracts from the press conference (Space and Research) by Morten ØSTERGAARD, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, and Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN, Member of the EC in charge of Research and Innovation
Lieu: European Council
End production: 21/02/2012 First transmission: 21/02/2012
The Council session of today dealt with research, innovation and space issues.
As the previous day, research ministers will also debate the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and
jobs in relation to the 2012 Annual Growth Survey.
They held an orientation debate on the future framework programme for funding research and
innovation for the years 2014 to 2020, called Horizon 2020. That will be the second ministerial
debate on Horizon 2020 after a first general exchange of views was held on 6 December 2011.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE by Morten Østergaard Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education (In English): Our main event today was the discussion on the Horizon 2020, we had two cross cording issues on the table today. One was the issue of international cooperation on the mainstream humanities and social sciences into the program and the other one was the issue of SME participation. I am glad to report that on both issues was a consensus among the countries. It is important that we have a global perspective when it comes to our collaborative research efforts and that we will ensure that also humanities and social sciences are well integrated and also that we will make headway for SME's to increase their participation in the program, as we move alone. And therefore this was a very fruitful discussion that previous forward when we are going to negotiations and at least from the Danish Presidency point of view, we hope that we will be able to meet on of general approach in the Competitiveness Council in May.
||SOUNDBITE by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research and Innovation (In English): People concerned and supported very much SME's and all of the aspects that the Commission is including to encourage greater participation by SME's in all this simplification of the administration. It is hugely important to encourage SME's to come to the table. Internalisation of Horizon 2020, Ministers around the table wanted to ensure that there would be no deterrence to international cooperation introduced into Horizon 2020 in which I was able to reassure them about. Also in relation to the social sciences and humanities, they are embedding them in the rise across all of the social challenges and the huge challenge that there was for SSH to involve itself in all of these challenges.
||Depart of the speakers