Commissioner delivers keynote address at the WIRE IV Conference
"We're meeting at a key moment - just when the European Parliament and the Council are moving closer to agreeing the future legal frameworks for the EU's research and innovation and cohesion policies, on the basis of the Commission's proposals".
Cork, 6 June 2013
First of all, I wish to thank the Irish Presidency for organising this fourth edition of the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe, following WIRE I in Granada, WIRE II in Debrecen and WIRE III in Krakow last year.
WIRE has now become a very important fixture in Europe's research and innovation calendar, and long may this continue.
I'm pleased that, by coming to Cork, WIRE IV maintains the tradition of taking the high-level debate out of the capital and into the regions themselves, emphasising the underlying regional focus of our work.