Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers keynote address at launch of Horizon 2020 in Germany

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"The strength of Germany's economy, particularly in manufacturing, is proof positive to the rest of the world that it pays to reform and it pays to keep on investing in the biggest drivers of growth: education, research and innovation."

 

Launch of Horizon 2020 in Germany

Berlin, 28 January 2014

 

Minister Wanka, State Secretary Schütte, Mr Reul,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be back in Berlin for the launch of Horizon 2020 in Germany.

In fact, this is my thirteenth visit to Germany in my role as the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

From Hanover to Düsseldorf, from Stuttgart to Dresden, and of course in Berlin, I have seen how Germany's genius for science and innovation has sustained your economy through Europe's most trying economic crisis.

I have been very inspired by the scientists and engineers, the innovators and manufacturers that I have met in companies like Bayer and Bosch and in organisations like the German Aerospace Centre.

The strength of Germany's economy, particularly in manufacturing, is proof positive to the rest of the world that it pays to reform and it pays to keep on investing in the biggest drivers of growth: education, research and innovation.

We have learned this lesson too at the European level and the result is Horizon 2020.

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