Competitiveness Council (Research): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 18/02/2013 First transmission: 18/02/2013
On Monday 18 February, the research Council will hold a debate on the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs in relation to the Commission's Annual Growth Survey for 2013. Sean Sherlock, Irish Minister of State responsible for the Research and
Innovation portfolio will chair the meeting.
In the afternoon, the Council will hold a debate on open access to scientific information of publicfunded research projects. The optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge is one of the objectives for the establishment of a genuine European Research Area, which is at the heart of the EU's strategy for the creation of economic growth and jobs.
Finally, the Council will take stock of Joint Programming activities carried out in the field of research.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Sean Sherlock, Irish Minister of State for Research and Innovation, arriving
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Sean Sherlock: I am looking forward a policy debate on the annual growth survey. I believe strongly that we need to focus on the potential of the research community to be able to map on to the annual growth survey and see how we can maximize the output in terms of SME's engagement, there is very clear target of 20 % . I think if you take the themes of the Irish Presidency it is very much about jobs, stability and growth. The research community across EU has a really strong part to play in that and today's policy debate will orient into the Competitiveness Council of tomorrow and then into the March EU Council. So, I am looking forward a good debate.
||Zoltán Cséfalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy
||Oliver Varhelyi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to the EU