Research, Innovation and Science

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

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the Lisbon Council's Innovation Summit - © EU, 2010
"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..."

Brussels, 5 March 2010


"Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here at the Lisbon Council. I know that you have a reputation for exciting, and above all solution-oriented, thinking. This appeals to me because I am a very practical person, a 'doer', some one who wants to bring about real change on the ground, and to make a real difference to people's lives.

I am also happy to be here with Anthony Williams, whose book has changed the way we all think about innovation and innovation policy.

It is just two days since the Commission adopted its proposal for Europe 2020. Research and innovation are at its very core. They are the only way to deliver new sources of growth and sustainable jobs to replace those which have been lost. So naturally, they feature in every part of the document."

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