Second European Innovation Convention joint press point by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona

Type: Complete press conference   Reference: I-087440   Duration: 10:01:43  Lieu:
End production: 11/03/2014   First transmission: 11/03/2014
Innovation and Science, and Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, gave a joint press conference after the closing session of the second European Innovation Convention organised by the EC, in Brussels, Belgium. On this occasion, the European Commission has awarded the European Capital of Innovation "iCapital" prize to Barcelona, Spain for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens. Barcelona was chosen by a panel of independent experts in a close competition with Grenoble, France, and Groningen, The Netherlands. The €500,000 iCapital prize will be used to scale up and expand Barcelona's efforts on innovation.

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10:00:00 Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, (in ENGLISH): First of all, this is a really exciting award. The competition was fierce. We have three very worthy finalists and we have an extremely worthy winner in Barcelona. What we looked for was for innovation and how cities and the mayors, the population all of the citizens of the city have been encouraged to use innovation. In, Barcelona, we found that in the municipal authority, in the public buildings, in the way services are delivered in a more innovative way to its citizens, certainly proved to us that Barcelona is very serious about including innovation in all of its policies. So, I was very proud to present the iCapital award to Xavier earlier on. 00:00:53
10:00:53 Soundbite by a journalist (in ENGLISH) asking a question to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 00:00:11
10:01:05 Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): Absolutely, it is not about one specific thing. It is about looking how innovation has been put in place to serve the citizens in a city. And this, we felt and the jury felt - I didn't make the decision - the jury felt that Barcelona has proved better than any other cities or applicants and there were 58. 00:00:21
10:01:26 Soundbite by a journalist (in ENGLISH) asking a question to Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 00:00:02
10:01:29 Soundbite by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (in ENGLISH): Oh no, this is a prize for the city. I have every confidence that the Mayor and his team will use this money to the best possible extent to drive innovation even more in Barcelona. 00:00:14
10:01:43 Soundbite by Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, (in ENGLISH): For me, it is an honour to have this award for the city of Barcelona. I told everybody we want to be a city of culture, knowledge, creativity, innovation and welfare. That, for us, is very important. We work and we are convinced that the new technologies are a very big revolution and it is very important to put these technologies to the service of the people. And that is what we are trying to do in Barcelona with mobile, with the Smart Cities. We work very hard on that. And we want to be a reference of all that. That is not easy. Many cities work in this direction, that is true and we try to work with cities, universities and companies because I think they cannot do one city alone. It is very important and I am very happy that the European Union plays very strong in this way. I think for all of us it is very important. The cities are very important to go out of from the crisis. And the new technologies are a new opportunity to do the things different. But, if we do that, not only for the administration but we do that for the people. That is the most important thing. 00:01:42
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