Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner launches Horizon 2020 in Romania

Commissioner with Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister
"The number of Romanian participations doubled between FP5 and FP7, while the EC funding received increased fourfold."


Bucharest, 3 October 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, today is a day of firsts.

This is my first visit to Romania as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, and the first Member State event to launch Horizon 2020. I am delighted to be here, and congratulations to you on being so quick off the mark!

I would like to thank Prime Minister Ponta, who I met yesterday, and Minister Costoiu for their invitation. We have had very positive discussions on the importance of research and innovation for Europe's future, and the contribution that EU programmes, and Horizon 2020 especially, can make for Romania.

Horizon 2020 is a totally new type of research programme for the EU, and it is designed to deliver results that make a difference in people's lives.