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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."

© 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"

(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 Geoghegan Quinn at the Khayelitsha Clinic, which is involved in the proof-of-concept Phase IIb clinical trial to evaluate the protective efficacy of a booster MVA85A vaccination administered to healthy, HIV-infected adults in South Africa, Senegal and The Gambia. Khayelitsha, 6 November 2012. © EU, 2012
Commissioner visits South Africa


(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

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 Geoghegan-Quinn meets Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo © EU, 2012
Meeting of Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn with Bill Gates, Brussels, 23 January 2012


"Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, met today with Mr Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discussed topics related to the remit of the Commissioner and of interest to both sides, including poverty-related diseases, rare diseases, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and food security."

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"

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

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" webstreaming event


17 June 10h00-11h00 CET*Your chance to ask Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn live online about her plan to turn Europe into an "Innovation Union" and to let her know your suggestions.

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." 

Handshake between Vince Cable and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn - © European Union, 2010
Joint Statement by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business


The UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn met today during Mr. Cable's first visit to Brussels since taking up his new post. 

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." 

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." 

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."