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Commissioner addresses the ALDE Bureau Meeting, Dublin, 20 October 2011

Commissioner, pictured with Irish Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, addresses the bureau of the ALDE (Liberal Democrats) group in the European Parliament. Photo © Sharppix, 2011
"I am delighted that the Parliament has already shown great interest in our work by carrying out a series of reports that addressed issues such as Horizon 2020, simplification, Innovation Union and the FP7 Interim Evaluation. We greatly appreciated the timing of these reports, since they came early enough for the Commission to consider its proposals in depth in the context of drafting the Horizon 2020 package"

Brussels, 20 October 2011  


President Verhofstadt, Members of the ALDE Bureau,

dear friends,

I am delighted to have this opportunity to address all of you this morning. It is a particular honour for me today as I am in my own country with the Members of my political group at the European Parliament. So I can say that I really feel at home.

These are very difficult times for Europe. We have a fight on our hands. A fight to demonstrate to people that the European institutions are relevant and active players in turning our economy around. And a fight to create the growth and jobs that we so badly need.