Competitiveness Council (Research): extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission
Première transmission: 27/09/2013
Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
Fin de production: 27/09/2013
On 27 September, the Council held a policy debate on the state of the Innovation Union strategy and on the steps forward towards the completion of a common European Research Area. Within this context, the Council heard a presentation on a new generation of public and private partnerships that will implement major elements of the Innovation Union and other relevant EU strategies to stimulate the creation of growth and jobs. These partnerships will allow to carry out large-scale and long-term innovation activities under the umbrella of "Horizon 2020", the EU's next research framework programme. Five private-public partnerships were proposed to be set up or further developed as Joint Technology Initiatives in the fields of bio-based industries, aeronautics, electronics, fuel cells and hydrogen and innovative medicines. Four public-public partnerships were proposed to be further developed on research programmes jointly undertaken by member states with the participation of the Union in the areas of active and assisted living, clinical trials in African countries, metrology and research-performing SMEs.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science: During the Council we came to the discussion about how Universities could collaborate to the research industry, keeping in mind the collaboration trough research and development innovations and trough preparation of good students and good researchers. We think we will include this on the letter address to the President of the European Council.
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||SOUNDBITE (In English) by Máire Geoghegan Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research and Innovation: Today we have taken stock of our drive to turn the European Union into a real Innovation Union – a key plank of our Europe 2020 growth agenda.
This requires funding for research to create the knowledge and ideas that can become tomorrow's products and services. It also requires creating the right framework conditions for innovation to flourish.
Some of these conditions are necessary to help enterprises and entrepreneurs make the most of bright ideas, be it through simpler patent protection, easier access to risk capital or modern public procurement rules that do not penalise innovation.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Máire Geoghegan Quinn: Today we also presented to ministers our new Indicator of Innovation Output, which attempts to capture how economies are capitalising on their innovation potential.
But we must also create the right framework conditions for researchers themselves to flourish, because it is thanks to their curiosity and ingenuity that we are generating the knowledge we need for tomorrow's economy.
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