Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner launches Horizon 2020 in Ireland

Left to right: Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland, Director National Support Network for Horizon 2020, Seán Sherlock, T.D. Irish Minister for Research & Innovation, and the Commissioner  © Gary O’Neill Photography
"Everyone involved in Horizon 2020 certainly has reason to celebrate. Over the next seven years, we will use every cent of Horizon 2020′s budget to build a stronger, more innovative and more competitive Europe, and improve the quality of life for everyone"


Dublin, 10 December 2013


Minister Sherlock, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here today for the official launch of Horizon 2020 in Ireland.

It is a pleasure to come to Dublin with some very good news: tomorrow, we publish the first calls for proposals of Horizon 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation.

It has been a long and sometimes arduous journey to get to this point.

But when the home straight was in sight, I knew that the best place to celebrate would be Dublin.

Minister Sherlock and his colleagues have been instrumental in getting us here.

Under the leadership of the Irish Presidency, political agreement was reached on Horizon 2020 in June this year.