Signing ceremony of one of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with organisations representing key research organisations and research funding bodies with the participation of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Type: Report   Reference: I-074045   Duration: 10:26:07  Lieu:
End production: 17/07/2012   First transmission: 17/07/2012
On 17 July 2012, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, participated in the signing ceremony of the joint statement and MoU between the European Commission and the Research Stakeholder Organisations. Following the signature of the documents, they gave a speech and discussed the completion of the European Research Area (ERA).

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10:00:00 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) giving some introductory word to the signing ceremony 00:00:21
10:00:21 Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, (in ENGLISH): It is now time to proceed to another part of this event which is the signing of a joint statement and a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the European Commission and the Research Stakeholder Organisations. I am honoured to be here today with high level representatives of these organisations. Through their membership, they represent the majority of European Research Funding and Performing Organisations. The European University Association (EUA) represents the majority, in total, more than 850 European Universities in 47 European Union countries. The League of European Research Universities (LERU) currently represents 21 top Research Universities. The European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) accessed the interface of research societal challenges and industry and represents 350 organisations with an annual turnover of 15 billions euro. Finally, the members of Sciences Europe are together responsible for managing 30% of total EU government R&D spending. NordForsk Funds Research Cooperation in five Nordic countries. I am very pleased that these important organisations with an outreach all over Europe or large parts of it are expressing today their willingness and commitment to work together with the Commission towards the completion of the European Research Area by signing the joint statement. More detailed commitments are set out in the MoUs to be signed by the EUA, LERU, EARTO and NordForsk, and a roadmap to be handed over by Sciences Europe. I want to express my deep appreciation to the Stakeholder Organisations for their very constructive engagement and cooperation with the Commission. I am looking forward to working with you closely in the next two years to bring about real change. We must also considerably improve the monitoring of the progress of ERA. This will be crucial if we take completing ERA seriously. This is also reflected in the documents to be signed today but I want to invite the organisations present here today to reflect on how best they can contribute to this follow up. Ladies and Gentlemen, this day is an important milestone for a reinforced European partnership between Member States, Stakeholders and the European Commission and I hope this will be the basis of a new ERA. As I said, during the press conference, ERA is an idea whose time has come. The organisations represented here today have an enormous part to play in making the ERA a reality. Thank you. 00:03:05
10:03:26 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) introducing the signature of the first document 00:00:14
10:03:41 Máire Geoghegan-Quinn signing the joint statment of the Commission and Stakeholder Organisations 00:00:15
10:03:57 Jan Mengelers, President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), and Maria Khorsand, Vice-President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), signing the joint statement 00:00:47
10:04:45 Lesley Wilson, Secretary General of the European University Association (EUA), signing the joint statement 00:00:25
10:05:10 Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and Bernd Huber, President of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), signing the joint statement 00:00:39
10:05:49 Guðrún Nordal, Chair of NordForsk, signing the joint statement 00:00:23
10:06:13 Paul Boyle, President of Science Europe, signing the joint statement 00:00:24
10:06:38 Jan Mengelers, Maria Khorsand and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn signing the MoU 00:01:34
10:08:12 Lesley Wilson and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn signing the MoU 00:01:04
10:09:17 Kurt Deketelaere, Bernd Huber and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn signing the MoU 00:01:07
10:10:24 Guðrún Nordal and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn signing the MoU 00:01:05
10:11:29 Paul Boyle presenting the roadmap to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 00:00:18
10:11:48 Group photo from letf to right: Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the Research and Innovation DG of the EC, Guðrún Nordal, Maria Khorsand, Bernd Huber, Paul Boyle, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Kurt Deketelaere, Lesley Wilson and Jan Mengelers 00:00:50
10:12:38 Soundbite by Jan Mengelers (in ENGLISH) on the completion of ERA 00:02:31
10:15:10 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) introducing the next speaker 00:00:13
10:15:23 Soundbite by Lesley Wilson (in ENGLISH) on the completion of ERA 00:02:33
10:17:57 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) introducing the next speaker 00:00:10
10:18:07 Soundbite by Bernd Huber (in ENGLISH) on the completion of ERA 00:02:35
10:20:43 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) introducing the next speaker 00:00:09
10:20:53 Soundbite by Guðrún Nordal (in ENGLISH) on the completion of ERA 00:02:07
10:23:00 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) introducing the next speaker 00:00:10
10:23:11 Soundbite by Paul Boyle (in ENGLISH) on the completion of ERA 00:02:55
10:26:07 Soundbite by the moderator of the signing ceremony (in ENGLISH) giving some closing words to the signing ceremony 00:08:54
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