Competitiveness Council (Research): extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 18/02/2013 First transmission: 18/02/2013
On Monday 18 February,Sean Sherlock, Irish Minister of State responsible for the Research and Innovation portfolio and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Sciences, held the final press conference of the research Council.
The Council held a debate on the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs in relation to the Commission's Annual Growth Survey for 2013. In the afternoon, the Council held 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 took stock of Joint Programming activities carried out in the field of research.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Sean Sherlock, Irish Minister of State for Research and Innovation and President-in-office of the Council: We also discussed how we could fully exploit competitive advantage and target resources properly to help create the kind of conditions which are necessary for innovation led growth. So liked to this theme also, was the debate on scientific information considering the most advantageous way for researchers and scientist to access the results of publicly funded research.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Sciences: The conclusion did not specify a figure for horizon 2020 but the deal on the table would imply a figure for the next 7 years. It would be at least 25 % more that have been spent on equivalent activities under the current MFF. It would have been significantly less than the 80 billion Euros proposed by the Commission and far below the hundred billion called by the Parliament.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: Over lunch, we discussed using structural funds sensibly, so that they can contribute to and reinforce our research agenda what we called smart specialisation. As you know the next structural fund will be subject to many more conditions including investments linked to research and innovation.
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