Competitiveness Council (Research): extracts from the press conference 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: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 31/05/2012 First transmission: 31/05/2012
Meeting today in Brussels, the European Ministers in charge of Research and Innovation reached an agreement on the overall structure and lay-out of the future framework programme for funding European research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020, called Horizon 2020.
The programme will be the world’s largest with a proposed budget of EUR 80 billion.
Ministers also discussed the European Innovation Partnerships. EIPs is a novel concept proposed in the "Innovation Union"
flagship initiative to speed up innovations addressing major societal challenges. They are designed to provide a framework bringing together stakeholders across policy areas, sectors and borders to integrate or initiate supply and demand side measures across the whole research and innovation cycle.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the press conference (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, on Horizon 2020 saying that, after months of negotiations, the European Ministers for Research and Innovation reached an agreement on the overall structure for EU’s coming framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, which has a proposed budget of €80 billion. This is a very important and excellent result. The Commission has put forward an ambitious and well-prepared proposal which made it possible for the Danish Presidency to reach an agreement at this early stage.
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Morten Østergaard saying that the ministers have also paved the way to simplify the access of the EU's research programmes for researchers and for companies, in particular SMEs. The negotiations on the rules of participation are still ahead of the Council but there is a strong consensus to work diligently to have radical simplification when introducing Horizon 2020.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research and Innovation, saying that growth-enhancing measures are identified and investment in research is a part of this. Smart and fiscal consolidation, as well as wise spending, is needed for the future. Recommendations on research and innovation are found in many of the CSRs (corporate social responsibility). Now there is a kind of standing CSR for the whole of Europe when it comes to research. Innovation performances have to be constantly assessed and investment kept to stay ahead of the competition.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn saying that the European Commission has presented a simpler and more efficient programme that will benefit SMEs, small research institutes and all participants. More complicated procedures and rules should not put this at risk. The approach on both public-private and public-public partnerships implies a strong commitment from all the partners. Without such a commitment, these major initiatives will not be in a position to deliver on their expectations, including the European innovation partnerships that were discussed today.