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Research, Innovation and Science

Preparing Europe for a new renaissance: how science can help restore sustainable prosperity

"[...] we need a dynamic and comprehensive strategy – an Innovation Policy - geared towards excellent research, new technologies, new products and new solutions. Geared towards change. Making this triangle between Research, Innovation and Science work is therefore the crux of my portfolio and that is where I expect you to contribute with concrete ideas."

Seville, 6 May 2010

"Ladies and gentlemen.

I am glad to have the opportunity to address you today at the first conference of the European Research Area Board.

ERAB was created by the Commission in order to inspire it in its efforts to create the European Research Area. I am very happy that the work done by ERAB meets our expectations.

As the new European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, a big part of my job is to help create the conditions for a more dynamic Europe. A Europe where we use excellent research and innovation to tackle head-on the problems – the Grand Challenges - facing our society now and in the future.

But also a Europe where excellent research improves our knowledge capital and leads to innovation in successful and dynamic businesses. And a Europe where the most talented people want to live and work.

As the first Commissioner with specific responsibility for Innovation, I have to make the three elements of Research, Innovation and Science work together.