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Commissioner tests out the new Renault electric powered Twizy Unique Urban Mobility Solution car, Dublin, 11 July 2012. Photo: © Sharpix
Farewell Message - Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn


Inside the Commission, I worked with my colleagues to push research and innovation further up the political agenda, and to direct research funding towards important challenges in policy areas such as transport, the marine, energy, climate change, environment and the digital agenda. The cooperation truly made this outgoing College the "Innovation Union Commission"

© EU, 2014 - Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn is presented with the Legion d'honneur from the French Minister for Research and Higher Education, Geneviève Fioraso, in Brussels, 26/9/2014
European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn receives France’s highest honour


"This republican homage from France is due to the recognition of her major role in the set-up of Horizon 2020, a 80 billion euro programme in support of science, research and innovation. This programme will be a central driver for the economic recovery process in Europe as it will create both high-skilled jobs and new goods and services."

Commissioner and Suzanne Fortier, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, together at McGill University, Montreal, © EU, 2014
Commissioner in Canada: Opening of the Destination Europe Conference, McGill University


"During the Seventh EU Framework Programme, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme funded some 270 Canadian researchers to work in Europe and more than 150 Europeans to work in Canada. We hope that this excellent level of researcher mobility will increase in the coming years. These pan-European programmes are only the tip of the iceberg of opportunities."

© EU, 2014
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014


"I am not a scientist. But as a politician I am positively evangelical about the power of science to improve and enrich our lives and to sustain our economy"

© Paul Sherwood Photography, 2014
Commissioner launches €9 million research project, co-funded by the EU Marie Curie ASSISTID Cofund and the Irish charity RESPECT


"The ASSISTID COFUND Programme is one of the many areas in which the European Commission is focusing efforts to address the challenges of autism and intellectual disability through multidisciplinary and international research"

© EU, 2014 - Commissioner at the Acropolis Museum, together with Mr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Board of Directors of the Acropolis Museum, and Mr. Christos Vasilakos, Secretary General for Research and Technology at the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn delivers keynote address at the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI)


"Europe's genius for innovation and invention can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece but […] the innovation challenges that our continent faces are so great that they demand action on a Europe-wide scale"

© EU, 2014
The Innovation Convention 2014


"It’s about bringing researchers & innovators together, bringing industry and academia together, and also giving an opportunity to those who have benefitted from Framework Programme funding to come and show what they’ve developed and what’s now being commercialised"

© EU, 2014
Commissioner delivers keynote address at event ‘Horizon 2020 Is Open for Business


"SMEs represent more than 99% of the private sector and they provide two out of three jobs in the private sector – almost 87 million jobs in 2012 – and contribute to more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU – close to 3.4 trillion Euro in 2012"

© Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Department 224 "EU Research Programmes, ERC, EIT", Gerald Schmidt
Commissioner delivers keynote address at launch of Horizon 2020 in Germany


"The strength of Germany's economy, particularly in manufacturing, is proof positive to the rest of the world that it pays to reform and it pays to keep on investing in the biggest drivers of growth: education, research and innovation."

Left to right: Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland, Director National Support Network for Horizon 2020, Seán Sherlock, T.D. Irish Minister for Research & Innovation, and the Commissioner  © Gary O’Neill Photography
Commissioner launches Horizon 2020 in Ireland


"Everyone involved in Horizon 2020 certainly has reason to celebrate. Over the next seven years, we will use every cent of Horizon 2020′s budget to build a stronger, more innovative and more competitive Europe, and improve the quality of life for everyone"

Commissioner and Mr Jernej Pikalo, Slovenian Minister for Education, Science and Sport, 29 November 2013. © STA, Tamino Petelinšek
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the launch of Horizon 2020 in Ljubljana


"Slovenian participants in 649 different projects have so far drawn nearly 155 million Euro of funding under the 7th Framework Programme"

Commissioner delivers keynote address at Launch of Horizon 2020 in Madrid, 11 November 2013. © EU, 2013
Commissioner delivers keynote address at Launch of Horizon 2020 in Madrid


"Spain is in an excellent position to benefit from Horizon 2020. Your researchers and innovators are already active participants in FP7 - more than 8,300 of whom are participating in FP7 projects, receiving a total funding of 2.5 billion Euro."

Commissioner with Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister
Commissioner launches Horizon 2020 in Romania


"The number of Romanian participations doubled between FP5 and FP7, while the EC funding received increased fourfold."

Medtronic Vice Presidents, Mr. Sean Salmon , Mr Mike Coyle, Mr Steve Oesterle and Mr Gerard Kilcommins, at the opening of the Medtronic Global Innovation centre at Medtronic, together with Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn.
Commissioner opens the Medtronic Customer Innovation Centre


"Innovation in medical technologies has enormous potential to boost competitiveness and growth in Europe. It is the leading industrial sector in patent applications, with more than 10,400 last year alone."

Left to right: Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, Wiesław Byczkowski, Deputy Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeships, Commissioner, Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, Chairperson of the Board Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, and Grazyna Henclewska, Under Secretary of State Ministry of Economy
Commissioner attends the Conference on 'Ecosystem for Innovation - How to build a social-economic environment for intelligent development of regions', and participates in the opening of the Gdańsk Science and Technology Park


"I am proud that EU funds helped to make this dream come true and that these buildings will serve to boost research and innovation in Pomerania"

Statement by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn on the conclusions of negotiations on Horizon 2020


"This is a very important step that will help ensure that Horizon 2020 can launch as planned next year"

Research: New partnership to fight poverty-related diseases


"Our goal in this new partnership is to work together to develop at least one new and better health product per year. This will represent a big step forward for the millions who suffer from poverty-related diseases."

'Pictured on the opening day of the SET-Plan 2013 conference with some of the latest electric vehicle technologies were Mr. Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Commissioner Geoghegan Quinn, and Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive of SEAI © Maxwell Photography, 2013
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan 2013 Conference


"Today, 70% of the total research and innovation investment in SET Plan priorities comes from industry, with 20% from Member States and 10% from the European Commission."

Commissioner and MEP Jo Leinen (on the left) at the Hannover Messe 2013, pictured at the joint stand 'Hydrogen & Fuel Cells', Hannover, 11 April 2013, © DMAG, 2013
Commissioner delivers keynote address at Hannover Messe 2013


"Investing in innovation in the field of sustainable transport offers European companies a huge commercial opportunity: products and services related to sustainable mobility will represent a global market of 300 billion Euro in 2020. We simply cannot afford to let this opportunity slip through our fingers."

“Commissioner delivers keynote address at JRC Conference “Scientific Support to European Union Growth and Jobs: Efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment”


"Efficiency, particularly of buildings, vehicles and equipment, is crucial not only for achieving our energy, climate and environmental goals; it will also give a real boost to the economy by delivering important savings and job creation"

Commissioner delivers keynote speech at Conference ‘Successful R&I in Europe’, Düsseldorf - © Rainer Hotz, 2013
Commissioner delivers keynote speech at Conference ‘Successful R&I in Europe’, organised by the Ministry of Innovation, Science & Research of North-Rhine Westphalia


"In June 2010, Europe's leaders endorsed the Europe 2020 strategy, our roadmap to get the European economy back on track. At the heart of this strategy is the conviction that we need research and innovation to build long-term sustainable growth."

Commissioner Opens Conference on Joint Programming, Dublin - © European Union, 2013
Commissioner Opens Conference on Joint Programming


"You are best placed to determine your strengths and capacities, to identify where you can restructure your efforts to pool them with other countries, and to spot unnecessary overlaps. In this way, you will get the maximum impact from your resources".

Left to right: Paolo Bartolozzi, Member of the European Parliament, Commissioner, Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and David Beehan, Chief Inspector of the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Commissioner delivers opening address at the Irish Presidency Conference 'Bioeconomy in the EU: Achievements and directions for the future'


"The bioeconomy is our daily bread and butter - literally. It's the food on our plates, the water from our taps, the newspaper in our hands. It can transform our waste into valuable resources"

(l-r): Commissioner, Deputy Irish Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, President José Manual Barroso, Naoise O Muirí, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Vice-President Viviane Reding and Irish Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton
Commissioner attending the launch of the European Year of the Citizen


…the 'Citizens’ Dialogue' gave members of the public a chance to air their views and concerns on the economic crisis, citizens’ rights in the EU and the kind of Europe they want to live in.

Commissioner delivers speech to Representatives of Industry, Science and Politics
Commissioner delivers speech to Representatives of Industry, Science and Politics


"Whatever our field, I know that one thing unites us: we are all dedicated to ensuring that our cities, our regions, and Europe as a whole, become powerhouses of research and innovation"

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the presentation of the 2012 Academy Gold Medals at the Royal Irish Academy
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the presentation of the 2012 Academy Gold Medals at the Royal Irish Academy


"The Royal Irish Academy plays a leading role in promoting a culture of commitment to excellent original research and scholarship in Ireland, which I think we all agree is extremely important. The Academy's work in this area is vital."

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the meeting of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)


"More than ever, we need the brightest minds to advise on research and innovation in order to deliver better policies, growth and jobs and to tackle the societal challenges that we face."

(l-r): Commissioner, Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
First Meeting of College with the Irish Government ahead of the Irish Presidency


Commissioner meets with Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, and Eamonn Gilmore, Deputy Irish Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the first Meeting of College with the Irish Government ahead of the Irish Presidency 2013.Brussels, 3 October 2012

EU relations with China


The fifteenth EU-China summit, being held in Brussels on 20 September 2012, will be another building block to strengthen the EU-China relationship. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, accompanied by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton. The People's Republic of China will be represented by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, for whom this will be the last summit with the EU. European Commissioner for Trade, Karel de Gucht, as well as Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, will also attend.

Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe's innovation capacity


"Talk to any business leader and they will tell you that the quality of the research base is a major factor in their investment decisions."

European Commission targets barriers to Single Market for research and innovation


"We cannot continue with a situation where research funding is not always allocated competitively, where positions are not always filled on merit, where researchers can rarely take their grants or have access to research programmes across borders, and where large parts of Europe are not even in the game."

Commissioner delivers keynote address during ESOF week in Dublin


"Science satisfies our drive to understand the world around us. To uncover the truth. It reveals to us the most profound ideas."

Commissioner launches the final call for proposals under the 7th EU Research & Technological Framework Programme (FP7) 20047-2013. © EU, 2012
Commissioner launches the final call for proposals under the 7th EU Research & Technological Framework Programme (FP7) 20047-2013


"I am proud that today we are announcing 8.1 billion euro for new EU research projects, just ten days after EU leaders decided on the Compact for Growth and Jobs."

EU Campaign makes science and innovation a 'girl thing'


"Women make up more than half the EU's student population and 45 per cent of all doctorates (PhDs), but they account for only one third of career researchers."

(l-r): Pictured before the replica of the Titanic staircase at Titanic Belfast, Commissioner, Ms Arlene Foster MLA, Northern Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Ms Lucinda Creighton TD, Irish Minister for European Affairs
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 'Collaborate to Innovate' Conference, Belfast, 7 June 2012


"Northern Ireland's recent past has demonstrated how breaking down barriers, forging partnerships and exchanging ideas are the only way to move a society forward."

Commissioner delivers keynote speech at the ADITE Seminar on Research and Innovation in Europe
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn keynote speech at the ADITE Seminar on Research and Innovation in Europe., 03 May 2012


"I would like to thank ADITE for giving me this opportunity to present some of the policies and actions that we are taking at European level to encourage and support more and better research and innovation partnerships."

(l-r): Professor Helga Nowotny, President European Research Council (ERC), Professor Dr. Karlheinz Töchterle, Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research, and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn. Photo © Willy Haslinger, 2012
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn welcome speech at the ERC Gala Vienna, 23 April 2012


"Austria plays a special role in the European Research Council – Europe's success story in the sphere of research. Over the years, Austria has produced many scientists, inventors and innovators who have made a remarkable contribution to the modern world."

(l-r) Commissioner, Mr Tony Semedo, Vice President, Medtronic Endovascular and Mr Gerard Kilcommins, Vice President, Global Vascular Operations Medtronic. © Andrew Downes, 2012
Commissioner launches the turning of the sod ceremony for the construction of the new Customer Innovation Centre at Medtronics, Galway, 11 April 2012


"This new centre is a testament to Medtronic's commitment to working with clinicians, surgeons, researchers and patient groups in the development of new technology so as to improve the quality of health for patients throughout the world."

Commissioner with Mr Lahcen Daoudi, Moroccan Minister for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training. © Frederic Camallonga, 2012
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Euromed Conference


"Research and innovation are key elements of the European Union's cooperation with Mediterranean countries since we are all facing challenges such as climate change, water and energy. It makes perfect sense to tackle these issues jointly, and to bring our scientists together so they can find the answers we need."

Commissioner in Luxembourg where she met with Mr. Fraçois Biltgen, Minister for Higher Education and Research, and also visited the 'Cité des Sciences', one of Luxembourg's flagship Research projects, where she was given a tour of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), 23 March 2012. Photo © EU, 2012
Commissioner visits Luxembourg where she meets with Mr. Fraçois Biltgen, Minister for Higher Education and Research, and visits the 'Cité des Sciences'. 23 March 2012


Commissioner delivers keynote address. © EU, 2012
Commissioner delivers keynote address at Nanyang Technological University


"It is a real honour to be at the Nanyang Technological University, a leading institution with an excellent reputation, and one of the most active Singaporean participants in our European research programmes"

l-r: Commissioner, Helga Nowotny, President of the ERC, and Minister Morton Østergaard Kristensen, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education © EU, 2012
Commissioner takes part in the European Research Council's (ERC) 5th Anniversary Celebrations


"Through the ERC, Europe's top researchers are for the first time competing on a level playing field. And that, precisely, is the EU added-value"

Commissioner addresses keynote speech. © EU, 2012
Commissioner delivers keynote speech at the Cluster Conference 2012


"Our future depends on competitive industries that are able to create jobs. This means investing in research, in new technologies and in creating a climate that boosts innovation"

Commissioner delivers speech at Press Conference on Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe © EU, 2012
Press Conference on Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe


"Shifting to the bioeconomy will help Europe to live within its limits: the sustainable production and exploitation of biological resources will allow Europe to produce more from less, while limiting negative impacts on the environment."

Commission proposes strategy for sustainable bioeconomy in Europe


"Europe needs to make the transition to a post-petroleum economy. Greater use of renewable resources is no longer just an option, it is a necessity. We must drive the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based society with research and innovation as the motor."

Vice-President Antonio TAJANI and Commissioner Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN at the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 press conference © EU, 2012
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 - Joint Press Conference by Vice President Tajani and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn


"This is a clear signal for me that we're on the right track in trying to create more linkages across the EU to improve research performance across the board. We will do this with our Horizon 2020 program, and we will do it through achieving the European Research Area."

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger


"We need balanced national research and innovation systems that provide an innovation-friendly environment for business."

Consultation on ERA finds opportunities and challenges for EU research landscape


"I want an entirely new ERA-partnership, with stronger role for key stakeholders, and much tougher monitoring of Member States' progress. I will not hesitate to "name and shame" those who perform badly against ERA objectives."

Commissioner and Dr Subra Suresh, Director of the US National Science Foundation. © EU, 2012
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Conference "Destination Europe: Your Research and Innovation Opportunities!", Boston, 20 January 2012


"Europe is serious in its ambition to compete for the best scientific talent worldwide"

Commissioner and Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, opening the Innovation Convention Exhibition 2011. Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner opens the First Innovation Convention Exhibition 2011, and signs RSFF agreement


"It gives me tremendous pleasure to share with you 48 fascinating research and innovation stories, taking place in the 27 Member States of the European Union"

Commissioner presenting the Horizon 2020. Photo © EU, 2011
Horizon 2020: Commission proposes €80 billion investment in research and innovation, to boost growth and jobs


"The European Commission has today presented a package of measures to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced Horizon 2020, an €80 billion1 programme for investment in research and innovation. Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has put forward a Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which will receive €2.8 billion of funding under Horizon 2020. In parallel, Vice-President Antonio Tajani has announced a complementary new programme to boost competitiveness and innovation in SMEs, with an additional budget of €2.5 billion. The funding programmes run from 2014 to 2020."

Commissioner delivers speech at the British Academy on the future of Social Sciences and Humanities Research. Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner delivers speech at the British Academy on the future of Social Sciences and Humanities Research, London, 10 November 2011


"Let me assure you that the European Commission shares the goals of the British Academy to inspire, recognise and support excellence in the social sciences and humanities and to champion their role and value."

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the launch of 'Science Europe'. Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the launch of 'Science Europe', Berlin, 21 October 2011


"The creation of Science Europe represents a big step in the right direction. Science Europe consolidates the voices of researchers at European level, facilitating cooperation with the whole scientific community and funding bodies"

Commissioner signs Memorandum of Understanding with Moldova. Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner signs Memorandum of Understanding with Moldova, Brussels, 11 October 2011


"Following the signature today, Moldova will become the 14th country associated to FP7, with effect from 1 January 2012. Moldova is to be warmly congratulated as the first country from the Eastern Partnership countries to associate to the Framework Programme and only the second country from the European Neighbourhood Policy Countries"

Commissioner launches public consultation on the European Research Area (ERA). Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner launches public consultation on the European Research Area (ERA), Brussels, 13 September 2011.


"On a practical level, we need a European Research Area that is interconnected, structured, mobile and efficient; a unified research area that brings together people and ideas in a way that catalyses excellent science and world-leading innovation"

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. Photo © EU, 2011
€7 billion boost for research and innovation will create jobs and growth


"Today, Europe is again showing its commitment to putting research and innovation at the top of the political agenda for growth and jobs. EU-wide competition for these funds will bring Europe's best researchers and innovators together to tackle the biggest issues of our time, such as energy, food security, climate change and our ageing population."

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 15th World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences". Photo © EU, 2011
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 15th World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences", Vilnius 4 July


"Together, science, entrepreneurship and creativity can help build a successful and competitive Lithuania that will improve the lives of everyone who lives here. [..] Getting business and science know-how together to boost Europe's innovation is an issue that is close to my heart. It is an issue that I am convinced is vital to Europe's long term growth and the health of our society. And that is why we are here today"

Commissioner addresses keynote opening speech at the conference on the European Commission's Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding", Brussels, 10 June 2011. Photo © : EU 2011
Commissioner's keynote opening address on the conference on the European Commission's Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding", Brussels, 10 June 2011


"Since we launched the 7th Framework Programme in 2007, the game has changed. [..] It has also become clear that Europe is facing an innovation emergency – we must prioritise innovation to ensure that we don't fall behind our competitors and to ensure a better quality of life for people in Europe"

Commissioner delivers keynote address at graduation ceremony at the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, 22 May 2011 - Photos: © EU Delegation, China
Commissioner delivers keynote address at graduation ceremony at the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, 22 May 2011


"The CEIBS is probably one of the best examples of EU-China cooperation: a tangible example of cooperation that not only boosts our relations in a very practical way, but also improves the lives and careers of hundreds of current and former students."

Commissioner celebrates Europe Day in European Commission Representation Office, Dublin, 9 May 2011 - Photos: © Lensman Photographic Agency
Commissioner attends Europe Day events in Dublin, and delivers speech to Oireachtas


"Since 1973 Ireland, and Europe, have surmounted many difficult and complex problems together. We have done this through solidarity, cooperation and dialogue - the very principles on which the European Union is based."

Minister Svenja Schulze and Commissioner together with the three winners of the FRP.NRW Award, Düsseldorf, 7 April 2011 - Left to right: Minister Svenja Schulze, Prof. Dr.Christian Rehtanz, Dr Marc von Hobe, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, Commissioner - Photo: © MIWF NRW, 2011
Commissioner delivers speech at the FRP.NRW Awards Ceremony, Düsseldorf


"Earlier today, I was privileged to see at first hand, some excellent examples of the kind of cutting edge research that makes North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany bywords for scientific excellence."

Illustration: Competition for a New Name for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme
You name it! - Launch of Competition for a New Name for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme!


Proposals to be received by midnight on 10 May 2011.  Winners will be announced by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn on 10 June in Brussels.

Commissioner and Enda Kenny
Commissioner meets Enda Kenny, new Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister)


More photos in the Photo gallery: Commissioner meets Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister

Commissioner delivers keynote address at ZEW Conference: Going for Smart Growth with Knowledge and Innovation, Mannheim, 4 March 2011 - Photos: © ZEW, 2011
Commissioner delivers keynote address at ZEW Conference: Going for Smart Growth with Knowledge and Innovation, Mannheim


"Baden-Württemberg has an impressive record: by investing 4.4% of GDP in research and development, you have already outperformed the 3% target set by Europe 2020....You are living proof of how much our regions matter!"

Group photo at the AmCham Conference, Brussels, 3 March 2011 - © AmCham, 2011
Innovation in the Transatlantic Relationship: Unlocking the Potential of a 21st Century Economy


"I think of the EU and the US as a pair of climbers. We are scaling the steep cliff of growth towards greater prosperity, while battling against harsh economic cross-winds."

Commissioner at Press conference on a Common Strategic Framework
Commissioner launches consultation on major improvements to EU Research and Innovation funding


"This Green Paper is also very much the next step in our simplification agenda - we cannot maximise value for money without simplification. We need to release our researchers and innovators from red tape."

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn
Innovation Union Scoreboard highlights the innovation emergency in Europe


"Innovation is as essential to sustainable growth and jobs as water is to life. Economies that do not innovate will wither away. So this Scoreboard is a key instrument also of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Annual Growth Survey we published last month."

Commissioner announces simpler funding and roadmap towards the future of European Research and Innovation Funding - Brussels, 24 January 2011 - © European Union, 2011
Research and innovation - simpler funding and roadmap towards the new programme


"The three changes we are announcing today will save millions of euro and deliver better value for taxpayers' money. They will feed into better research results and lead to new products and services."

Group photo
First meeting of College with Hungarian Government as Hungary takes over Presidency of the European Council


"Europe must embrace excellence to compete internationally. It must be our hallmark. That means pooling resources to build excellent infrastructures; awarding funding on the basis of excellence alone.....and making the European Institute of Innovation and Technology a hub for excellence and entrepreneurship."

Commissioner delivers speech at Dublin City University (DCU) - © DCU, 2010
Investment in Research and Innovation – the Path to Economic Recovery


"I warmly welcome the innovation-led initiatives that DCU is contributing to including An tSli Ghlas - The Green Way, Ireland's first green economic zone. An tSli Ghlas is an excellent example of the critical role that partnerships across academia, industry and regional authorities can play in leading to significant innovation"

Picture during speech.
Commissioner launches Communication on Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative - Innovation Union


The European Commission's "Innovation Union", tabled today, sets out a strategic approach to innovation, driven by the highest political level. 

EUROPE: Where Knowledge Has No Borders - The EURAXESS Event, 5/10/2010, Brussels


DG Research and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn are delighted to announce the EURAXESS event, showcasing the most inspiring and ingenious researchers at the forefront of European and international innovation.

Máire Geoghegan Quinn at the press conference on 19 July 2010
Commissioner announces €6.4 billion for smart growth and jobs – Europe's biggest ever investment in research and innovation, 19 July 2010


“Investment in research and innovation is the only smart and lasting way out of crisis and towards sustainable and socially equitable growth”

Picture: Prof. Dr. Erika von Mutius, recipient of the 1000th ERC Grantee Award and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn (© Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
1000th ERC Grantee Award Event, 24 June 2010, Munich


“People like yourself provide a role model for all the young women scientists in Europe that are at the beginning of their career - and may encourage them to vigourously pursue their career further”

Innovation Union!
Innovation Union!


The Commissioner's Webstreaming event where she talked about the European Union's Innovation Strategy, the kind of Europe that it's citizens would like to see, and the ways in which we could bring this to fruition. The Commissioner was unable to answer all of the questions on the day due to time constraints, but you can now read those questions and answers online (last updated on 13 July).

The White House - © European Union, 2010
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn's visit to Washington D.C., US, 27 May to 1 June 2010


"I think it's very important to let the rest of the world - and the United States in particular - know that despite the fact that Europe is going through a very severe economic crisis, the same as is happening right around the world, that the European Union is open for business." 

Commissioner delivers speech at Conference on 'Innovation in Healthcare, from Retail to Market - SMEs in Focus', 20 May 2010, Brussels - (C) European Union, 2010
Conference on Innovation in Healthcare, from Retail to Market - SMEs in Focus


"While in Europe we have a strong scientific base, that alone is not enough to ensure better, faster diagnosis of patients, and provide more personalized, effective and efficient treatments and drugs. We also need to remove the barriers that prevent bright ideas from reaching the market."  

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn - © European Union, 2010
Interview: "I don't think Brussels is more 'macho' than Bordeaux, Berlin, Bratislava or Birmingham !"


"There are more women members nominated to this new Commission than any previous one. President Barroso fought for that and has a strong personal commitment to equal opportunities at all levels." 

Vice President of the EP Diana Wallis, JRC Director General Roland Schenkel and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Speech at the exhibition of the Joint Research Centre, at the European Parliament, Brussels


"Scientists from the Joint Research Centre are playing a key role in bringing forward new scientific initiatives, which fundamentally help to build a better European society for us all and for future generations."  

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the EP Conference on Healthy Ageing - © EU, 2010
Speech at the European Parliament: Healthy Ageing - A European Priority: The Dutch Perspective


"It is our duty and also my personal challenge to create a critical mass of research and innovation at an EU level developing new and key enabling technologies which will support healthy ageing."  

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the Lisbon Council's Innovation Summit - © EU, 2010
Towards an 'i-conomy' - Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn delivers the 2010 Guglielmo Marconi lecture at the Lisbon Council's innovation summit


"My job is to work closely with Commission colleagues, the Member States, business and other stakeholders to help transform Europe into a really vibrant innovation economy, what I call an "i-conomy" ... Innovation is not limited to the private sector. It must happen in schools and hospitals, crèches, community centres and care homes..."

Visit by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to Geel - © European Union, 2010
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn visits Joint Research Centre in Geel as nuclear physics unveils secrets of Bronze Age sword


"The analysis of an ancient sword using 21st century technology is an example of how European research work also enhances cultural and historical knowledge." 

JRC IRMM Linear Accelerator Control room - © European Union, 2010
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn's visit to Joint Research Centre in Geel (IRMM)


"It is reassuring to know that the European Commission can count on the scientific expertise of the Joint Research Centre during the policy making process. It works in all the areas most crucial to the daily lives of Europeans." 

Mr. John Vassallo, President of AMCHAM EU, and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  - © AMCHAM EU, 2010
Speech at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU: A European Research and Innovation Union


"US companies are by far the largest source of foreign direct investment for the European Union. The United States of America is Europe's most important science and technology partner. Staying open to the world is essential."

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the press point after the EP Hearings - © European Union, 2010 (source: EbS)
The new Commission takes office


"I am delighted that the European Parliament has now approved the new European Commission and I am very excited about the next five years as Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science." 

Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn at the EP hearings  - © European Union, 2010 (source: EbS)
Opening remarks at the European Parliament


"Accountability and dialogue are at the heart of our European democracy. I hope that my appreance before you to approve my designation as a future member of the European Commission with responsibility for research, innovation, and science, will meet the expectations of this house."