Extracts from the press conference by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, on the first calls under Horizon 2020

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-084517   Duration: 10:02:06  Lieu:
End production: 11/12/2013   First transmission: 11/12/2013
On 11 December 2013, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, made a press conference on the first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. Worth more than 15 billion euro over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. This includes 12 areas that will be a focus for action in 2014/2015, including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the European Commission Berlaymont building 00:00:08
10:00:13 General view of the press room 00:00:05
10:00:19 SOUNDBITE by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, (in ENGLISH): Today we are starting to put that money to good use. Over the next two years we will channel more than 15 billion euro in funding to the best ideas that Europe has to offer. The money is the first instalment from Horizon 2020, our new research and innovation programme that is worth nearly 80 billion euro over the next seven years. 00:00:21
10:00:40 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:06
10:00:46 SOUNDBITE by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): Europe badly needs new ideas. Today we are asking for new ideas by announcing our first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020. For the first time, the Commission has indicated funding priorities over two years, providing researchers and businesses with more certainty than ever before on the direction of EU research policy. The calls in the 2014 budget alone are worth around 7.8 billion euro, and are mainly under our three pillars of Horizon 2020. 00:00:34
10:01:20 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:26 SOUNDBITE by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): When proposing Horizon 2020 we promised to make a special effort to support small- and medium-sized enterprises, and we are keeping that promise by earmarking 500 million euro over the next two years to our dedicated SME Instrument. 00:00:17
10:01:43 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:49 SOUNDBITE by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): So today we are firing the starting gun on Horizon 2020. Only the quickest out of the blocks and the fittest will have a chance of securing funding in this first round and start contributing to Europe's future. We have no time to waste. 00:00:17
10:02:06 Departure 00:00:05
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