Commissioner addresses the Brussels branch of the Irish Parliament's Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), Brussels 20 September 2011.
"The Member States are keen to reverse Europe's failure to make the necessary structural reforms and investments in innovation and growth, including investment in education and training, in key enabling technologies or advanced manufacturing. While the difficulties are enormous, I see that there is a consensus that we must act now, we must act decisively and we must act together to tackle our innovation emergency".
Brussels, 20 September 2011
Last week in the European Parliament, President Barroso described the current debt crisis as “a fight for the jobs and prosperity of families in all our Member States”.
As in any fight, we have a better chance of winning if friends and allies fight together, standing shoulder to shoulder, addressing our problems in a spirit of solidarity. That is what it means to live in Europe.
And in any fight, we have a better chance of winning if we use all the tools and resources at our disposal. That is why I am determined to use research, innovation and science as the big guns in our fight for jobs and prosperity.