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"
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."
"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."
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"
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"
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
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
"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."
"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’, 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."
"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".
Commissioner delivers opening address at the Irish Presidency Conference 'Bioeconomy in the EU: Achievements and directions for the future'
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)
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
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.
"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 launches the final call for proposals under the 7th EU Research & Technological Framework Programme (FP7) 20047-2013
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 'Collaborate to Innovate' Conference, Belfast, 7 June 2012
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."
"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."
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."
"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 visits Luxembourg where she meets with Mr. Fraçois Biltgen, Minister for Higher Education and Research, and visits the 'Cité des Sciences'. 23 March 2012
"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"
"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."
"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."
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."
"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 delivers keynote address at the Conference "Destination Europe: Your Research and Innovation Opportunities!", Boston, 20 January 2012
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, 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."
"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"
"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), 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"
"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", 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'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
"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."
"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."
You name it! - Launch of Competition for a New Name for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme!
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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
"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"
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.
Commissioner announces €6.4 billion for smart growth and jobs – Europe's biggest ever investment in research and innovation, 19 July 2010
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).
"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."
"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."
Interview: "I don't think Brussels is more 'macho' than Bordeaux, Berlin, Bratislava or Birmingham !"
"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."
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..."
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn visits Joint Research Centre in Geel as nuclear physics unveils secrets of Bronze Age sword
"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."
"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."
"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."