Visit of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to Paris
Paris - EC/Representation
On 10 June 2013, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, met with Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EC Representation in Paris, France.
On this occasion, they signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the partnership to fight poverty-related diseases.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the EC Representation building in front of the Seine river in Paris, France (3 shots)
||EU flag and EU Member States flags
||Round table with Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, and Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, (4 shots)
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates heading to the signature ceremony
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates taking their seats
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates
||Cutaway of photographers
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the partnership to fight poverty related diseases (3 shots)
||Handshake between Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates
||Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): First of all, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Commission are two of the biggest funders of the global health research. And over the last numbers of years, we have funded an enormous amount of research into HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. Obviously, we have been doing these things in a cooperative way but not in a structured cooperative way up to now. So, what today's signing means is that we will work together, cooperate together, work out strategies together so that we that we don't have duplications, so that the combined amount of money is spent in a much more efficient and a much more effective way.
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates posing for the picture (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): We are trying to achieve better medicines, better vaccines, as we move forward, that every year, we will have new vaccines, new medicines to deal with these diseases and that also in relation to areas where the Commission is very active for example in the European and developing countries clinical trial partnership that we will partner as we have in the past with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and that together our combined forces of money and influence can further develop the kind of health research that is necessary in sub-Saharan Africa. We think they have developed a lot and the foundation has contributed enormously. The European Commission has done an enormous amount as well but together I think we can do even more. That is certainly what Bill Gates feels, that this cooperation agreement can deliver. And obviously we will monitor it very carefully on both sides to make sure we are delivering what we promised.
||Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Bill Gates leaving the room and meeting with Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services
||Departure of Bill Gates and handshake with Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
||Exterior view of the EC Representation building in front of the Seine river