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."
Brussels, 18 February 2010
"Ladies and gentlemen,
I am most satisfied to be giving one of my first speeches as a European Commissioner to AmCham. US companies are by far the largest source of foreign direct investment for the European Union.
My job title covers research, innovation and science. I am glad that President Barroso decided to connect up these different areas. While science and research creates a pool of ideas, innovation policy must bring these ideas to the market. So, it makes sense to link them."