A mandate for innovation in Europe

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Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

We are only just embarking, casting-off, on Europe’s great journey towards a new era of disruptive innovation, writes Carlos Moedas.

Carlos Moedas is the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Having begun my term as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science this very month, I will be following the 6th European Innovation Summit closely and with great interest. It is at vibrant occasions such as these ? when politicians, scientists, academics and industry experts meet, and ideas collide ? that great momentum towards further innovation is released.

Never before has gaining that momentum been so vital. Never before has Europe’s rank as a global technology leader been subject to so much competition. Never before has the mood of investors been so strained. Never before has our burden on the planet been so great.

We are only just embarking, casting-off, on Europe’s great journey towards a new era of disruptive innovation. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, now a new injection of confidence and creativity is necessary to get Europe back on track, to complete the European Research Area and to charter new courses of action, of cooperation, to find workable solutions to global problems.

Horizon 2020’s maiden voyage is now well underway: coupling research and innovation; helping to achieve scientific excellence and industrial leadership; while tackling societal challenges which have implications for European citizens, as well as for those far beyond our borders. Only this month, in partnership with European pharmaceutical industry, we launched a €280 million call for proposals for the development of new Ebola vaccines and medications in an effort to save lives around the world.

As I embark on my journey as Commissioner, I will ensure that we continue taking such bold new steps to keep Europe at the forefront of research, science and innovation. Not only as a means to stretch the limits of our knowledge or to stimulate economic growth, although both these things are fine pursuits. More importantly, European innovation has the tremendous and monumental capacity to change the world for the better, for the benefit of everyone, and that must surely be the most worthwhile journey of all.

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