Joint Statement by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for
Research, Innovation and Science, and Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for
The UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and the Commissioner for Research
and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, met today during Mr Cable's first visit
to Brussels since taking up his new post.
They agreed that research and innovation are central to boosting growth and
jobs in Europe, to ensuring a sustainable recovery and to establishing a green
social market economy, as set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Looking ahead to the special informal European Council in October, devoted
to research and innovation, Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn underlined the EU's role in
adding value to national research and innovation policies and in helping ensure
overall European research and innovation investment is coordinated and
coherent, especially to tackle the "grand challenges" – such as climate
change - facing European and global society.
Mr Cable underlined UK support for the continuation of research and
development as a major priority for the EU.
Mr Cable and Mrs Geoghegan-Quinn agreed on the need further to cut red tape
in EU research funding, under the current Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and
its successor (FP8). Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn brought forward proposals to
achieve this on 29 April (
IP/10/472). At a time when fiscal consolidation is needed, it is essential
to achieve maximum value from every euro spent.
Completing and consolidating the European Research Area is a priority. Mr
Cable underlined UK support for mobility among researchers which enables
cross-fertilisation of ideas, methods and techniques.
The Commissioner and the Secretary of State also discussed the EU Research
and Innovation Strategy that she will announce in the autumn, and its intended
focus on translating more of the bright ideas generated in Europe's
universities and research institutes into world beating products and