Commissioner Opens Conference on Joint Programming
"You are best placed to determine your strengths and capacities, to identify where you can restructure your efforts to pool them with other countries, and to spot unnecessary overlaps. In this way, you will get the maximum impact from your resources".
Plenary session / Dublin, 28 February 2013
Minister Sherlock, Professor Carvalho,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am delighted that this major conference on Joint Programming is taking place in Dublin during the Irish Presidency.
We have gathered here at a crucial time for Joint Programming. Ten Joint Programming Initiatives have been launched in recent years, and while they have reached different level of progress, the process is gaining momentum.
The Joint Programming Initiatives have been working hard to develop their Vision and their Strategic Research Agendas. But we're approaching a crunch time now, when we have to move from visions and agendas, to concrete implementation.
This is the important part of Joint Programming and we need to get it right if we want to reap the benefits of better and more efficient allocation of our scarce resources, and a bigger impact of these resources on the grand challenges that we face.
But this part will be even more challenging and a real test of our commitment to Joint Programming.
So this conference gives us an excellent opportunity to see where we are, what challenges lie ahead and decide where we are going.