Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the meeting of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)

"More than ever, we need the brightest minds to advise on research and innovation in order to deliver better policies, growth and jobs and to tackle the societal challenges that we face."



Brussels, 16 October 2012


Professor Heap [Sir Brian], Presidents of the European and National Science Academies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to welcome you all today to the first meeting to bring together the Presidents of the National Science Academies, cooperating in EASAC, my services (DG Research & Innovation and the JRC), the Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission and those Directorates General of the European Commission that require and use independent scientific advice.