Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the closing of the 6th European Aeronautics Days Conference, Madrid

"[..] Aviation industries have a key role to play in addressing the environmental, energy and resource challenges that we face. Aviation makes the world smaller. It brings people together, it enriches our outlook"


Madrid, 1 April 2011

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to speak to you today at the sixth European Aeronautics Days. The theme for this year is “Innovation for sustainable aviation in a global environment”. The subject is well chosen, since Innovation is at the very top of Europe’s political agenda, and aviation has always been about innovation.

Since I became the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, I have met many of the leading representatives of Europe's aviation industries. I am convinced that the constant advances made in European aviation are often the result of the kinds of ideas and practices that we need to implement more widely in Europe - so that the European Union will become a world-leading hotspot for research and innovation.

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