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Máire Geoghegan Quinn

SME participation 'crucial', says new commissioner

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is the newly appointed Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science; in January 2010 the Irish-born politician faced her first parliamentary hearing. Among the many issues raised by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) was the crucial importance of increasing funding to SMEs in EU-funding research to 15%. Here we take a look at the key points raised at the hearing and learn how Ms Geoghegan-Quinn hopes to resolve them to reach this ambitious target.

The new commissioner began by explaining her main aim while in office: 'If we want to take Europe out of the economic crisis, the EU must become a true innovation union that takes research and transfers it into jobs. My task will be to put research, innovation and science at the heart of EU policies.'

Ms Geoghegan-Quinn’s focus then moved to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the need – which she described as 'crucial' – to raise SME funding in the framework programme to 15%.


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