Competitiveness Council:extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 03/12/2013 First transmission: 03/12/2013
On 3 December, Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science, and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Sciences held the press conference of the Competitiveness Council.
The Council today adopted the "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020 and the regulation establishing "ERASMUS +", the Union Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
Horizon 2020, which has a budget of around 77 billion euros, will underpin the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs, as well as the goal of strengthening the scientific and technological bases by contributing to achieving a European Research Area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely.
Horizon 2020 focuses on three priorities, namely generating excellent science in order to strengthen the Union's world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive, fostering industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies, and tackling societal challenges in order to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire chain from research to market.
"ERASMUS +" brings together in a single programme activities previously covered by a number of separate programmes (including the Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus Mundus and Youth in Action)and it also covers activities in the new area of European competence, sport.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science: We adopted the horizon 2020; it is the final decision for today and Erasmus + for education, training young and sport. What will be interesting is that tomorrow in Vilnius, it will be the first launch of Horizon 2020 after full adoption during the Vilnius Innovation Forum. And I hope, it will be met with huge interest from the research and industrial audience.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Sciences: We are now in a position to confirm that the first calls for funding under the horizon 2020 will be launched on December 11. And in the past few day, we have been publishing the draft work programmes that underpin much of what has been announced. I will urge researchers, businesses to have a look to get an idea of what is new for them. For the research community, horizon 2020 means valuable funding at a time where many countries are struggling to maintain science budgets.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: Only by keeping our all industries competitive and helping new ones to develop, our economy will grow and generate jobs. And that is why nearly 9 billions Euros of Horizon 2020 should go to innovative and small companies and further 8 billions Euros should be used in to private and public in areas crucial for our future. This is what the discussed, as well as the so-called innovation and investment package today. I welcomed the partial agreement reach by the Council that will hopefully pave the way for full adoption before the next EU Parliamentary elections in June.
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