Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at the launch of Horizon 2020 in Greece

"We are at the beginning of the Greek Presidency of the Council, which comes at a very important moment for Europe with the European Parliament elections this coming May."


Launch of Horizon 2020

Athens, 10 January 2014


Minister Arvanitopoulos, Commissioner Damanaki, Dr Vasilakos,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be in Athens today for the official launch of Horizon 2020 in Greece.

And I am very happy to share the platform with my dear colleague, Maria Damanaki. I am grateful for Maria's continued support for research and innovation in Europe.

In a way, I feel like I am returning a favour – Maria and I were together in my home city of Galway last May for the signature of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation.

You will hear more from Commissioner Damanaki shortly on the opportunities for marine and maritime research and innovation, especially as regards Blue Growth.

Today is a day of beginnings, of new starts.