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Commissioner delivers keynote speech at the Cluster Conference 2012

Commissioner addresses keynote speech. © EU, 2012
"Our future depends on competitive industries that are able to create jobs. This means investing in research, in new technologies and in creating a climate that boosts innovation"



Berlin, 23 February 2012


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Conferences like this are most productive if we listen carefully to each other, exchange our ideas and try to learn from each other. Europe, too, is about pooling information, sharing opinions. And sometimes the best ideas deserve to be borrowed. So, I hope State Secretary Quennet-Thielen will not mind if I also take some inspiration from the title of her own speech – "Today's ideas are tomorrow's prosperity" – for my own intervention – but I would perhaps adapt it slightly to say that "Today's research and innovative ideas are tomorrow's prosperity".