Research, Innovation and Science

Opening remarks at the European Parliament

Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn at the EP hearings  - © European Union, 2010 (source: EbS)
"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."


"Mr Chairman, Members of the ITRE committee,


Téann an fhreagracht agus an dialóg oscailte go smior sa daonlathas Eorpach.


Dá réir sin, tagaim in bhur láthair inniu le dul i mbun comhrá libh agus súil agam go gceadóidh sibh mé a ainmniú mar bhall den Choimisiún Eorpach amach anseo agus freagrachtaí orm as Taighde, Nuálaíocht agus Eolaíocht.


Ba mhaith liom a mheas go sásóidh a bhfuil le rá agam libh anseo inniu na caighdeáin a mbíonn súil leo sa teach seo.


Is polaiteoir mé atá paiseanta faoin Eoraip agus a chreideann go daingean sa daonlathas Parlaiminteach.


Ba mhaith liom ar dtús, mar sin, cur síos a dhéanamh daoibh ar an bhfís atá agam, ar mo chuid taithí agus ar mo chuid prionsabal."


[English translation:
Accountability and dialogue are at the heart of our European democracy. In that spirit, I hope that my appearance 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.


"As a politician who is passionate about Europe, and committed to Parliamentary democracy, I would like to start by setting out my convictions, my experience and my vision.]


Since I first canvassed for a yes vote to EEC Membership in 1972, my political career has been intertwined with Ireland working at the heart of Europe, and of Europe transforming the hearts and minds of Irish people.


In my long career as an elected representative and Minister, the European Union’s ability to change the context of seemingly intractable problems, has been an inspirational force for me."

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