Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at Hannover Messe 2013

Commissioner and MEP Jo Leinen (on the left) at the Hannover Messe 2013, pictured at the joint stand 'Hydrogen & Fuel Cells', Hannover, 11 April 2013, © DMAG, 2013
"Investing in innovation in the field of sustainable transport offers European companies a huge commercial opportunity: products and services related to sustainable mobility will represent a global market of 300 billion Euro in 2020. We simply cannot afford to let this opportunity slip through our fingers."


Hannover Messe Trade Fair / Hannover, 11 April 2013


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to talk to you about Horizon 2020, the European Union's new programme for research and innovation.

Horizon 2020 will provide huge scope for the transport sector to boost its research and innovation capacity, so I would also like to highlight some of the opportunities in this area.

In June 2010, Europe's leaders endorsed the Europe 2020 strategy, our roadmap to get the European economy back on track.

At its heart is the idea that we cannot build long-term sustainable growth without improving our research and innovation performance in Europe. That is what Horizon 2020 is all about.

Horizon 2020 represents a big change from the previous Research Framework Programmes because for the first time it brings together all of the EU's funding for research and innovation in one place.