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Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Europe 2020 Conference on Research, Innovation & Digitalization

"We need to be smart about how we invest public money in times of economic crisis. We need to be smart about using research and innovation to deliver growth and jobs and to tackle our other big societal challenges. We need to be smart about using the opportunities offered by the European Union in research and innovation. And we need to be smart about reforming our national research, innovation and education systems."



Bratislava, 18 June 2012


Good afternoon everyone,

I am delighted to be with you today and to have the opportunity to address this session. Research, Innovation and Digitalisation are huge areas, encompassing many different and important policy initiatives.

So I would like to concentrate on a few key issues that come within my responsibilities as the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.