"SMEs represent more than 99% of the private sector and they provide two out of three jobs in the private sector – almost 87 million jobs in 2012 – and contribute to more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU – close to 3.4 trillion Euro in 2012"
"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."
"I was encouraged to learn that, following an initiative of the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, 22 of the biggest Austrian companies have committed to increase R&D spending by 20% by 2015"
"I would like to acknowledge the progress that Slovakia has made in recent years and the reforms undertaken by the Slovak authorities in the fields of research, education and innovation, putting these sectors firmly among the government’s priorities."
"I am determined that this additional money – which represents a roughly 30 per cent increase in real terms on the 7th Framework Programme for Research – will be invested as wisely and efficiently as possible."
"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."
"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"
"From the very beginning of my mandate, I was determined to cut red tape and to make Horizon 2020 simpler, more coherent and more accessible than its predecessors. Thanks to your support, the job is done!"
"Spain is in an excellent position to benefit from Horizon 2020. Your researchers and innovators are already active participants in FP7 - more than 8,300 of whom are participating in FP7 projects, receiving a total funding of 2.5 billion Euro."
"Your strong industrial tradition dates back to the early days of the industrial revolution when Bohemia and Moravia became an economic and industrial powerhouse. Your talent for manufacturing is exemplified in fine crystal and Škoda cars, and of course in quality pilsner beers!"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Lithuanian Presidency Conference: ‘Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities’
"Research and technology provide many answers to the challenges we face, but technological fixes alone aren't enough to solve our major, complex problems. A knowledge society needs to know itself, and the social sciences and humanities are the keys to this."
"Innovation in medical technologies has enormous potential to boost competitiveness and growth in Europe. It is the leading industrial sector in patent applications, with more than 10,400 last year alone."
Commissioner attends the Conference on 'Ecosystem for Innovation - How to build a social-economic environment for intelligent development of regions', and participates in the opening of the Gdańsk Science and Technology Park
"Ageing in itself is not an illness to be fixed. It’s a period of life with the potential to be as rich, rewarding and productive as any other. We're all ageing – and we all, quite rightly, hope and expect to live longer than previous generations, with better quality of life. Europe's silver society can offer golden opportunities."
"We're meeting at a key moment - just when the European Parliament and the Council are moving closer to agreeing the future legal frameworks for the EU's research and innovation and cohesion policies, on the basis of the Commission's proposals".
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn launches the Month of the Brain ‘Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe’ Conference
"The United States, Canada and the European Union don’t just share the North Atlantic as a valuable resource and a bio-diverse heritage to be protected. The Atlantic connects, nurtures, conditions, feeds and heals our planet. The vast blue expanses between countries, truly bind us together."
Commissioner attends the annual conference of the Coimbra Group ‘Creativity, Research and Innovation in Universities’
"If we want to tackle our biggest societal challenges and develop technology-based business, we need an excellent science base and we need to train creative graduates and foster critical and innovative mind-sets".
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the conference ‘Innovation, Reflection and Inclusive Societies: The Role and Contribution of the Humanities and Social Sciences’
"Society is hardwired by ethics, identity, belief, reflection, psychology and culture. There is no science without reason. No reason without understanding. No understanding without humanity. Without Greece, there is no Rome"
"Investing in innovation in the field of sustainable transport offers European companies a huge commercial opportunity: products and services related to sustainable mobility will represent a global market of 300 billion Euro in 2020. We simply cannot afford to let this opportunity slip through our fingers."
“Commissioner delivers keynote address at JRC Conference “Scientific Support to European Union Growth and Jobs: Efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment”
"Efficiency, particularly of buildings, vehicles and equipment, is crucial not only for achieving our energy, climate and environmental goals; it will also give a real boost to the economy by delivering important savings and job creation"
"Membership of the EU has been overwhelmingly positive for Ireland. It has transformed our economy and our society for the better in countless ways – including the social and economic status of women – and has given this small country a role on a bigger stage."
Commissioner delivers keynote speech at Conference ‘Successful R&I in Europe’, organised by the Ministry of Innovation, Science & Research of North-Rhine Westphalia
"In June 2010, Europe's leaders endorsed the Europe 2020 strategy, our roadmap to get the European economy back on track. At the heart of this strategy is the conviction that we need research and innovation to build long-term sustainable growth."
"You are best placed to determine your strengths and capacities, to identify where you can restructure your efforts to pool them with other countries, and to spot unnecessary overlaps. In this way, you will get the maximum impact from your resources".
Commissioner delivers opening address at the Irish Presidency Conference 'Bioeconomy in the EU: Achievements and directions for the future'
"We need to start in school by encouraging more children to study science and maths. We don’t just want them to become researchers [..] but to be informed members of an ever-more technological and knowledge-based society"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the presentation of the 2012 Academy Gold Medals at the Royal Irish Academy
"The Royal Irish Academy plays a leading role in promoting a culture of commitment to excellent original research and scholarship in Ireland, which I think we all agree is extremely important. The Academy's work in this area is vital."
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the opening of the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference - "Networked scholarship in a networked world: participation in open access"
"ERAfrica, originally funded by the European Union to the tune of almost 2 million euro, has until now managed to mobilise almost 11 million euro to fund project consortia with both African and European partners. Significantly, 35% of the funds come from the six African Partner countries, so this is without doubt a true partnership."
"We greatly appreciate South Africa's support for the High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation. This support is crucial, particularly in view of the organisation of the next EU-Africa STI Senior Officials' meeting."
"I would like to pay particular tribute to the important work of the South African Network of National Contact Points, in marketing South Africa as a research partner of choice across EU Member States."
Commissioner delivers opening address at the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Conference
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the meeting of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
"It's vital that Member States make the right choices. That's why the new European Semester is so important; it puts national policies under the microscope; it checks their spending priorities; it's a chance to embed innovation more deeply in their thinking."
Commissioner presents the Communication on 'A Reinforced European Research Area - Partnership for Excellence and Growth'
"Europe leads in many fields, but we can’t afford to be complacent. We produce more scientific publications than the US, but our publications are less frequently cited than theirs. In other words, we are falling behind when it comes to the very best research with the highest impact."
Commissioner launches the final call for proposals under the 7th EU Research & Technological Framework Programme (FP7) 20047-2013
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Europe 2020 Conference on Research, Innovation & Digitalization
"We need to be smart about how we invest public money in times of economic crisis. We need to be smart about using research and innovation to deliver growth and jobs and to tackle our other big societal challenges. We need to be smart about using the opportunities offered by the European Union in research and innovation. And we need to be smart about reforming our national research, innovation and education systems."
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 'Collaborate to Innovate' Conference, Belfast, 7 June 2012
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn keynote speech at the ADITE Seminar on Research and Innovation in Europe., 03 May 2012
"I would like to thank ADITE for giving me this opportunity to present some of the policies and actions that we are taking at European level to encourage and support more and better research and innovation partnerships."
"Austria plays a special role in the European Research Council – Europe's success story in the sphere of research. Over the years, Austria has produced many scientists, inventors and innovators who have made a remarkable contribution to the modern world."
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn Keynote speech at the "Science in Dialogue" Conference Odense, 23-25 April 2012
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn Keynote Speech at the "Excellence 2012 Conference" Aarhus, 19 April 2012
Commissioner launches the turning of the sod ceremony for the construction of the new Customer Innovation Centre at Medtronics, Galway, 11 April 2012
"This new centre is a testament to Medtronic's commitment to working with clinicians, surgeons, researchers and patient groups in the development of new technology so as to improve the quality of health for patients throughout the world."
"Research and innovation are key elements of the European Union's cooperation with Mediterranean countries since we are all facing challenges such as climate change, water and energy. It makes perfect sense to tackle these issues jointly, and to bring our scientists together so they can find the answers we need."
"Australia and the EU share the view that research and innovation serve as vital motors in developing our economies. There are real similarities between the Australian innovation agenda and the EU’s Innovation Union initiative."
"It is a real honour to be at the Nanyang Technological University, a leading institution with an excellent reputation, and one of the most active Singaporean participants in our European research programmes"
"Shifting to the bioeconomy will help Europe to live within its limits: the sustainable production and exploitation of biological resources will allow Europe to produce more from less, while limiting negative impacts on the environment."
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 - Joint Press Conference by Vice President Tajani and Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn
"This is a clear signal for me that we're on the right track in trying to create more linkages across the EU to improve research performance across the board. We will do this with our Horizon 2020 program, and we will do it through achieving the European Research Area."
Commissioner delivers opening address at the launch of the Research Strategy for the European Joint Programming Initiative for Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND)
Commissioner delivers speech at the ERA Conference 2012: 'Fostering Efficiency, Excellence and Growth'
"With Europe crying out for growth, ERA can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue with a situation where research funding is not always allocated competitively, where positions are not always filled on merit, where researchers can’t take their grants across borders, where large parts of Europe are not even in the game, where there is a scandalous waste of female talent and where our brightest and best are leaving never to return"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the Conference "Destination Europe: Your Research and Innovation Opportunities!", Boston, 20 January 2012
Commissioner addresses Roundtable Discussion with leading US Venture Capitalists, Cambridge MA, 19 January 2012
Commissioner delivers speech to SIPTU - 'Promoting Innovation in the Manufacturing Sector in Ireland - a driver for growth and jobs'
"Research is Tyndall’s core activity and the many scientific and technological breakthroughs reported are testimony to the quality of research conducted here. However, it is the application of that research and your track record of industry engagement that sets you apart."
"The European food and drink industry is a major force in our economy, with a vital role to play and a tremendous responsibility in terms of people's health and well-being, and in the stewardship of our natural resources."
Commissioner delivers speech at the British Academy on the future of Social Sciences and Humanities Research, London, 10 November 2011
"Let me assure you that the European Commission shares the goals of the British Academy to inspire, recognise and support excellence in the social sciences and humanities and to champion their role and value."
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the IBM Colloquium 'The Science of Cities', Dublin 27 October 2011
"Over the two days of this IBM colloquium you are discussing the most pressing issues of urban development and urban living. These issues touch on some of the greatest challenges facing us in Europe: the economy, climate change, energy and resources and the ageing of our population"
"The creation of Science Europe represents a big step in the right direction. Science Europe consolidates the voices of researchers at European level, facilitating cooperation with the whole scientific community and funding bodies"
"I am delighted that the Parliament has already shown great interest in our work by carrying out a series of reports that addressed issues such as Horizon 2020, simplification, Innovation Union and the FP7 Interim Evaluation. We greatly appreciated the timing of these reports, since they came early enough for the Commission to consider its proposals in depth in the context of drafting the Horizon 2020 package"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at opening reception of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) exhibition 'Networks of Science', 18 October 2010, Brussels
"I would like to thank COST's staff and its President, Doctor Rodriguez-Peña, as well as her predecessors Professor Fedi and Mr. Diehl, for their work to modernise this framework, which, now meets their customers' needs even more efficiently and effectively"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at Intel's Annual Conference on European Research and Innovation, Leixlip, 13 October 2011
Commissioner addresses the Brussels branch of the Irish Parliament's Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), Brussels 20 September 2011.
"The Member States are keen to reverse Europe's failure to make the necessary structural reforms and investments in innovation and growth, including investment in education and training, in key enabling technologies or advanced manufacturing. While the difficulties are enormous, I see that there is a consensus that we must act now, we must act decisively and we must act together to tackle our innovation emergency".
Commissioner launches public consultation on the European Research Area (ERA), Brussels, 13 September 2011.
"On a practical level, we need a European Research Area that is interconnected, structured, mobile and efficient; a unified research area that brings together people and ideas in a way that catalyses excellent science and world-leading innovation"
Commissioner delivers closing address at the Info Days on the Research PPPs - Factories of the Future, Energy - Efficient Buildings & Green Cars", Brussels, 12 July 2011
"I am sure you will be very pleased to hear that the draft legislative proposal in preparation for HORIZON 2020 will address the use of Public-Private Partnerships. It is important that there is a place for large-scale strategic actions such as PPPs with the critical mass to reach their objectives"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 15th World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences", Vilnius 4 July
"Together, science, entrepreneurship and creativity can help build a successful and competitive Lithuania that will improve the lives of everyone who lives here. [..] Getting business and science know-how together to boost Europe's innovation is an issue that is close to my heart. It is an issue that I am convinced is vital to Europe's long term growth and the health of our society. And that is why we are here today"
Commissioner attends forum with Mr. Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and with various Framework Programme 7 stakeholders, Dublin, 24 June 2011
"The calls for proposals will provide major support for Innovation Union and its commitments. Our Innovation Union goals will be reflected throughout - in particular by strengthening research excellence, integrating research and innovation as much as possible; addressing key technologies; facilitating collaborative and industry-driven research; increasing demonstration activities, and emphasising projects with EU added value and socio-economic impact"
"The launch of this Institute cements the reputation of Trinity College as a world-class centre of learning and a key partner in European-level research projects, and it shows confidence in the role that research and innovation will play in Ireland's economic recovery"
"I hope that Google - in many ways a byword for innovation - will continue to contribute to economic growth by investing even more in Europe, by innovating even more in Europe and by contributing even more to a level playing field for innovation in Europe"
Commissioner's keynote opening address on the conference on the European Commission's Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding", Brussels, 10 June 2011
"Since we launched the 7th Framework Programme in 2007, the game has changed. [..] It has also become clear that Europe is facing an innovation emergency – we must prioritise innovation to ensure that we don't fall behind our competitors and to ensure a better quality of life for people in Europe"
Closing remarks by Commissioner on the conference on the European Commission's Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation funding", Brussels, 10 June 2011
"The next step in the process will be the adoption of the Commission's proposal for the future EU Budget at the end of this month. This will propose an overall budget for the Common Strategic Framework and for other important policies"
Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn at Tsinghua University on the issue of the European Union and China joining forces to tackle global political challenges, Beijing, 25 May 2011
"2011 is also the EU-China Year of Youth. Along a raft of exciting initiatives, it provides a perfect opportunity to further enhance the ties between our students and researchers and to promote mutual understanding among our young people. Our universities have a special role to play in doing just that."
Commissioner delivers keynote address at graduation ceremony at the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, 22 May 2011
"The CEIBS is probably one of the best examples of EU-China cooperation: a tangible example of cooperation that not only boosts our relations in a very practical way, but also improves the lives and careers of hundreds of current and former students."
"International cooperation is a vital part of our research and innovation funding. It makes sense to bring the world's best research and the world's best researchers together, where possible, in order to tackle common global challenges such as sustainable mobility, climate change, energy security and our ageing population."
"Since 1973 Ireland, and Europe, have surmounted many difficult and complex problems together. We have done this through solidarity, cooperation and dialogue - the very principles on which the European Union is based."
Commissioner delivers keynote address at the closing of the 6th European Aeronautics Days Conference, Madrid
"[..] Aviation industries have a key role to play in addressing the environmental, energy and resource challenges that we face. Aviation makes the world smaller. It brings people together, it enriches our outlook"
Commissioner delivers keynote address at ZEW Conference: Going for Smart Growth with Knowledge and Innovation, Mannheim
"Baden-Württemberg has an impressive record: by investing 4.4% of GDP in research and development, you have already outperformed the 3% target set by Europe 2020....You are living proof of how much our regions matter!"
"This Green Paper is also very much the next step in our simplification agenda - we cannot maximise value for money without simplification. We need to release our researchers and innovators from red tape."
"It is right that UK innovation and business has a global outlook but with a vibrant research and innovation system, the UK has everything to gain from the Innovation Union and the European Research Area and nothing to lose."
Speech to the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO) on the role of public procurement policies in supporting EU innovation strategies
"Europe has an enormous opportunity to use procurement strategically to boost innovation by stimulating and supporting public demand, particularly in areas where societal challenges need to be tackled."
"Innovation is as essential to sustainable growth and jobs as water is to life. Economies that do not innovate will wither away. So this Scoreboard is a key instrument also of the Europe 2020 Strategy and of the Annual Growth Survey we published last month."
"We will be able to propose more radically simplified rules and procedures in the next research and innovation funding programme, on the basis of our proposed revision of the Financial Regulation, taking into account the proposals contained in the Carvalho report. We will need the support of the institutions, including the Parliament, to make this happen."
"The three changes we are announcing today will save millions of euro and deliver better value for taxpayers' money. They will feed into better research results and lead to new products and services."
"Genuinely open innovation requires brokerage, intermediaries and networks in which all players can participate on an equal basis. The European Business & Innovation Centre Network has an important role to play."
First meeting of College with Hungarian Government as Hungary takes over Presidency of the European Council
"Europe must embrace excellence to compete internationally. It must be our hallmark. That means pooling resources to build excellent infrastructures; awarding funding on the basis of excellence alone.....and making the European Institute of Innovation and Technology a hub for excellence and entrepreneurship."
Building the Innovation Union - Seminar on Innovation Union at the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences
Sweden's national innovation framework conditions show clear strengths in several areas, you have a stable macro-economic environment, with a well educated workforce and a clutch of R&D-intensive, multi-national corporations. These strengths are reinforced by Sweden's excellent integration into global markets.
"I warmly welcome the innovation-led initiatives that DCU is contributing to including An tSli Ghlas - The Green Way, Ireland's first green economic zone. An tSli Ghlas is an excellent example of the critical role that partnerships across academia, industry and regional authorities can play in leading to significant innovation"
Commissioner addresses the launch of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), Brussels
"The primary goal of the EHRI is to bring together information that is currently located in archives across Europe. [...] EHRI will design and implement a Virtual Research Environment offering online access for researchers to a wide variety of dispersed Holocaust archives and to a number of tools to work with them."
"I applaud the news that COVIDIEN will invest 1.8 million euro in medical technology R&D projects with Irish academic institutions, kicking off with a 900,000 euro investment with the National University of Ireland here in Galway"
"I firmly believe that Europe will only fully benefit from the talent, knowledge and ingenuity of our researchers if it becomes as easy for research institutes, universities and companies to cooperate within the European Union as within their own Member States."
Commissioner delivers speech to ITRE Committee, European Parliament on "An Innovation Union for Sustainable Growth and a Fairer and Greener Society"
Innovation is the key to building sustainable growth and fairer and greener societies and I very much hope that President Barroso and I will find strong backing in the European Parliament for making the Innovation Union a reality
This is what the Innovation Union Flagship is about: innovation as the overarching policy objective; where we take a medium- to longer-term perspective; where all policy instruments, measures and funding are designed to contribute to innovation; where EU and national policies are closely aligned and mutually reinforcing; and last but not least, where the highest political level sets a strategic agenda, regularly monitors progress and tackles delays.
We need an Innovation Union to help get our 23 million unemployed people back to work and keep them there. We need an Innovation Union to tackle society's biggest challenges: climate change, energy and food security, healthy living and an ageing society. We need an Innovation Union because Europe does not yet have an innovation culture like the US – and China and India are catching up.
Since I became the Commissioner responsible for Research and Innovation earlier this year, I have often wished I could be in two places at once. Thanks to the wonders of holography, a technology invented in Europe, I am able to be with you right at the centre of today's event
Worth nearly two Trillion Euro, the European Bio-Economy provides around 22 million jobs in Europe, across sectors as diverse as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, chemicals, and biofuels. This is the impressive reality of the European Bio-economy.
Oceans for Tomorrow - Commission Info Day for Potential Research Projects on Oceans and Seas, Brussels
The "Ocean of Tomorrow" call for proposals that will be presented in detail this morning seeks to generate the knowledge that will help us to innovate so that we can strike the balance making the most of the seas' and oceans' potential, while preserving the marine environment that is the source of this wealth.
Tapping Research and Innovation for Jobs and Growth: Strengthening EU-US Cooperation in Research, Innovation and Science
Innovation, Investment and Growth - Roundtable Lunch hosted by the European-American Business Council (EABC)
"We need to pursue regulatory and policy cooperation that promises closer integration of our economies. The result will be to boost growth and job creation, while supporting strategic societal goals."
"While in Europe we have a strong scientific base, that alone is not enough to ensure better, faster diagnosis of patients, and provide more personalized, effective and efficient treatments and drugs. We also need to remove the barriers that prevent bright ideas from reaching the market."
"[...] we need a dynamic and comprehensive strategy – an Innovation Policy - geared towards excellent research, new technologies, new products and new solutions. Geared towards change. Making this triangle between Research, Innovation and Science work is therefore the crux of my portfolio and that is where I expect you to contribute with concrete ideas."
"Scientists from the Joint Research Centre are playing a key role in bringing forward new scientific initiatives, which fundamentally help to build a better European society for us all and for future generations."
"The Framework Programme is not a programme for accountants or bureaucrats. It is a programme for scientists and innovators. Above all, it is a programme for Europeans. It provides tangible evidence of how the EU can improve people's lives."
"We must put excellence at the heart of the European research policy and we must ensure a free flow of knowledge, the so called "Fifth Freedom" which is one of the core features of the European Research Area."
Towards an 'i-conomy' - Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn delivers the 2010 Guglielmo Marconi lecture at the Lisbon Council's innovation summit
"My job is to work closely with Commission colleagues, the Member States, business and other stakeholders to help transform Europe into a really vibrant innovation economy, what I call an "i-conomy" ... Innovation is not limited to the private sector. It must happen in schools and hospitals, crèches, community centres and care homes..."
"US companies are by far the largest source of foreign direct investment for the European Union. The United States of America is Europe's most important science and technology partner. Staying open to the world is essential."
"Accountability and dialogue are at the heart of our European democracy. I hope that my appreance before you to approve my designation as a future member of the European Commission with responsibility for research, innovation, and science, will meet the expectations of this house."