Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner launches Horizon 2020 in Switzerland

Commissioner and Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, Head of Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) - © Gaëtan Bally
"Switzerland has few peers when it comes to innovation. The Innovation Union Scoreboard consistently shows Switzerland as the leading performer, and the new European Innovation indicator also shows that Switzerland is one of Europe's top performers."

 

Launch of Horizon 2020

Bern, 14 January 2014

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be in Bern today for the official launch of Horizon 2020 in Switzerland.

I'd first of all like to thank our hosts and organisers for putting together a very impressive programme of events to mark the start of this new era in European research and innovation.

I am very impressed by the huge interest in Horizon 2020 in Switzerland. But this is not surprising.

Switzerland and the EU have a long history of scientific and technical cooperation – first formalised in 1986, and Swiss participants have been extremely active under the 7th Framework Programme for Research.

As one of the world's most advanced knowledge economies, Switzerland has few peers when it comes to innovation. The Innovation Union Scoreboard consistently shows Switzerland as the leading performer, and the new European Innovation indicator also shows that Switzerland is one of Europe's top performers.

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