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SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I’m very privileged to be here welcoming Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to the State Department, and I’m even more privileged to work with him and to form a partnership that gives full gusto to the meaning of the special relationship that Great Britain and the United States share. So it is important for us to be continuing – I think we – Philip mentioned to me we’ve probably met eight times already in the course of a few weeks of his being on this job, having shifted from being defense secretary.
And we share a lot in this effort. In the fight against ISIL, the British people have already borne a very heavy burden, and it’s a pain felt personally by everybody in the United States and Great Britain as well. We’ve both seen our hostages brutally murdered in barbaric acts that shock the conscience of the world, but the response of both of our countries is not to wilt; it is to fight, to push back against this barbarity. And we are doing so.
I want to thank Foreign Secretary Hammond for the commitment the United Kingdom has made to the international coalition that will degrade and defeat ISIL over the next months, in the period ahead. The Royal Air Force is now conducting airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq, and the United Kingdom has provided some of the strongest humanitarian support in Iraq – more than $36 million in water and shelter, food, and medicine to save the lives of innocent people.
And the United States and the United Kingdom are also standing together as we battle Ebola in West Africa. And we are monitoring particularly this situation, and we’re very grateful for the way that Great Britain has now ramped up its efforts in Sierra Leone, including deploying a civil-military task force, constructing more than 700 beds in Ebola treatment unites, and providing essential supplies and personnel.
President Obama has made it crystal clear that Ebola is an urgent global crisis that demands an urgent global response. The United States has intensified every aspect of our engagement, and that includes providing Ebola treatment units, recruiting first responders, and supplying a critical set of medical equipment.
Just 48 hours ago, President Obama convened another strategy meeting at the White House in order to discuss where we are and where we need to get to, and I want to discuss that in a moment. But in addition to that, I have been in daily contact with Rajiv Shah and – the USAID director, and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, and our Ebola Coordinator Ambassador Nancy Powell, in order to make sure that we are bringing all of our resources to this effort.
I’m here this morning to make an urgent plea to countries in the world to step up even further. While we are making progress, we are not where we can say that we need to be. And there is additional – there are additional needs that have to be met in order for the global community to be able to properly respond to this challenge, and to make sure that we protect people in all of our countries.
There are specific needs, and I want to emphasize those needs by showing a few slides, if I can. As you’ll see in the first slide to my left here, we need more countries to move resources of specific kinds. It is not just a question of sending people, though it is vital to send people. But we need Ebola treatment units. We need health care workers. We need medevac capacity. We need mobile laboratory and staff. We need nonmedical support: telecommunications, generators, incinerators, public communications capacity, training, construction. We also need large assistance of health system strengthening, of cash that countries could contribute, budget support, food, other humanitarian efforts, and we need ways of getting that equipment to people.
All of these things are frankly urgent in order to be able to quickly move to contain the spread of Ebola. We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa and we need borders to remain open. And we need to strengthen the medevac capacity. We need countries to contribute more Ebola treatment centers, and we need other African countries with the capacity to send responders to join the effort. And we need to make sure that the health care workers who go are properly trained, properly equipped, and supported in order to prevent additional infections.
Now, as you can see in the next slide to my left here, this gives you a sense of who has contributed and what they have contributed. And the fact is that the United Kingdom and the United States, between them, have contributed $120 million to the United Nations response. There are smaller countries that have stepped up to the plate – some quite remarkably. Some smaller countries are contributing way above their per capita population compared to other countries.
But the fact is more countries can and must step up in order to make their contributions felt, and this chart tells the story. Those are not enough countries to make the difference to be able to deal with this crisis. And we need more nations – every nation has an ability to do something on this challenge. And the next chart will show the – as you see, we have a shortfall still of some $300 million. The United Nations has identified $1 billion in urgent needs, which is what are reflected in that pie chart. The World Bank has put in 22 percent. The U.S.A. has put in 11 percent. Private sector, 10 percent. Others – you can see the tally.
But this unfunded is a critical component of our ability to be able to meet this challenge, and we need people to step up now. Now is the time for action, not words. And frankly, there is not a moment to waste in this effort.
Both Foreign Secretary Hammond and I also remain deeply committed on another issue, and that is the question of a Europe which is whole and free and at peace. Together with our partners in the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom are supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the Ukrainian Government’s efforts to implement important democratic reforms. We agree on the need for Russia to withdraw its forces immediately from Ukraine, to end its material support for separatists, and to meet its commitments under the Minsk ceasefire which they have agreed to, and to put in place the peace plan agreements.
Russia’s actions over the past months have challenged the most basic principles of our international system. Borders cannot and should not be redrawn at the barrel of a gun, and people have a right in their own country, within their sovereign borders, to determine their own future. So together with the G7, our European partners and other allies, we have made it clear that we are prepared to do even more to ensure that the international order prevails and that with one voice, we prove that we mean what we say and we say what we mean.
Finally, I want to mention that tomorrow morning, Foreign Secretary Hammond and I will travel to my hometown, Boston, to focus on an issue that animates President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron, both of whom – and which also demands all of our urgent attention, and that is our shared responsibility to confront climate change. I appreciate Foreign Secretary Hammond’s personal leadership on this issue. We can conclude a new international agreement that is ambitious, effective, and inclusive of all countries, particularly the largest greenhouse gas emitters, of which we are one. But we will also only get there in the end – even if one large emitter were to eliminate all of its emissions, that won’t do the job. We will only get there in the end if we make it clear that all countries must join in this effort and that inaction is not an option.
So Mr. Foreign Secretary, I’m delighted to welcome you here at this time of obvious significant global challenge. We greatly appreciate, as I said, your partnership, your leadership, and we look forward to continuing to work with you. Thank you.
FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: Thank you. Thank you very much, John. It’s a great pleasure to be back here in Washington, this time in my new role as foreign secretary. When I came here many times as defense secretary, I was always clear that the U.S. is Britain’s most important military partner. As foreign secretary, I’m equally clear that the United States it the UK’s greatest foreign policy ally. And the range of issues that we’ve discussed today and that the Secretary has outlined reflects how closely we work together on a huge range of issues in foreign affairs.
That relationship is based on our shared history, our shared values, and our longstanding cooperation on a range of global issues, from fighting the threat of extremism, promoting stability in countries such as Libya, dealing with the challenge to the established order in Ukraine, addressing global crises like Ebola, and promoting an ambitious EU-U.S. free trade agreement.
I want to begin, if I may, by paying tribute to Secretary Kerry for his energy and resolve in dealing with some of the most challenging foreign policy issues the world has faced for a while. I’ve only been in this job for three months, but as John said, we’ve already met eight or so times. Every week, we seem to be in a different city somewhere discussing these challenging issues that we’re having to deal with. And I’ve observed him in action. I’ve seen his tireless commitment and inexhaustible enthusiasm, which is the personification of U.S. leadership on these many, many challenges that we have to deal with together around the world.
And our meeting today comes at a pivotal moment in addressing the situation in Iraq and Syria and responding to the atrocities that are being committed by ISIL – atrocities that have been visited upon UK and U.S. citizens, but are also being felt by ordinary Muslims in Iraq and Syria every day of every week. It is clear that tackling ISIL requires a strong military response from the international community, but that has to be combined with a clear diplomatic plan to support the new Iraqi Government’s inclusive program; to hamper ISIL’s access to funds, fighters, and resources; and a political strategy to combat the poisonous ideology that underpins ISIL; and counter those trying to spread sectarian violence and hatred across the region and beyond.
We now have those elements in place, and I am pleased that Britain is playing a key role in that response, leading efforts at the UN to cut off ISIL funding, a long-running counter-radicalization program at home, and now RAF combat jets and surveillance assets contributing to the military response. Britain will continue to work closely with coalition partners on further actions that we can take across the international community to ensure that we tackle ISIL not just through military action but through all those other strands of action which are essential to ensure our long-term success.
We have also, as Secretary Kerry has said, discussed the situation in Ukraine and the crucial importance of implementing the 12-point peace plan. Ukraine is a sovereign country; its people are entitled to make their decisions about their country’s future. There can be no Russian veto on Ukrainian democracy. And Ukraine’s President Poroshenko will need continuing international support to ensure stability within the country and to ensure that the Ukraine is able to go on making decisions about its own future. And we spent some time this morning discussing ways in which the UK and the U.S. can work with other partners, international partners particularly in the European Union, to continue to support President Poroshenko in those efforts.
And of course, we spoke about the appalling situation in West Africa where the spread of Ebola virus is a real cause for concern. Last week we held – I chaired a conference in London on defeating Ebola, and I said then that the disease is an unprecedented threat that knows no borders. We have to get ahead of this disease, but if we get ahead of it, if we rise to the challenge, we can contain it and beat it. We know how to do this. It is not complicated to do. It just requires a large focus of resource and effort to deliver it.
And Secretary Kerry and I discussed the increased measures that the U.S. is leading in Liberia and that the UK is leading in Sierra Leone. We now need, as the Secretary has said, the wider international community to step up to the plate and deliver that additional resource – not just money, but trained medical and clinical personnel to lead that effort on the ground. We all have to do more if we are going to prevent what is currently a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.
The UK has committed over $200 million to the program in Sierra Leone. We have military and civilian teams on the ground, a construction program to deliver 700 Ebola treatment beds. This morning, I joined a COBRA emergency committee meeting in London by video link from the British Embassy here, and we decided at that meeting to deploy the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus to Freetown with three Merlin helicopters embarked to provide a communication and transport capability on the ground. We’re also conducting trials in Sierra Leone of a new model of Ebola care unit, a primary care triaging system for those with early stage symptoms of Ebola.
It’s also important that we remember that our national security is dependent upon our economic security. We can’t have a strong defense without a strong economy underpinning it. Later this afternoon, I will be holding a discussion at the Atlantic Council here in Washington on the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and the EU. The UK remains committed to this ambitious deal and will be a cheerleader for it within the European Union. If we achieve it, it will create the largest free trade zone in the world, bringing more jobs and more growth to both Europe and the United States, and setting the standards for trade deals for many years to come, allowing us to establish our international standards as the standards for trade patents in the coming decades.
And tomorrow, I look forward to our visit to Massachusetts to tour the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s wind blade testing facility in Charlestown. John and I agree that climate change represents a strategic threat to global prosperity and to global security. Innovation and investment in clean energy technology must be at the heart of our response and can help us turn a threat into an economic opportunity. The UK and the U.S. will work together to ensure the world responds to this threat before it is too late, including through the conclusion of an effective global climate deal at Paris at the end of next year.
So once again, John, I’m delighted to be here. Thank you again for your leadership on these multiple challenges that face us, and I very much look forward to working with you across all of these areas of activity to preserve and to strengthen this very special relationship. Thank you.
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much.
MS. PSAKI: The first question will be from Elise Labott of CNN.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. The U.S. intensified airstrikes overnight on Kobani. Has there been a decision now to save Kobani from falling? Because yesterday, your spokesman and other officials suggested that you had larger strategic priorities than saving Kobani or any particular city or town.
And I’d like to talk to you about the reluctance of Turkey. They have tanks at the border, soldiers at the ready, but this NATO ally has not done really much to save this town inches from its border. What did you ask the prime minister to do in recent conversations? The president has said that they won’t do more unless you act to get rid of Assad. Is this an excuse, and – or are you deferring to Turkey here? Have you not been partnering with the Kurds, who have been battling ISIS for a year and are decidedly secular, to save the city?
And Foreign Secretary, you spoke a lot about what you’re doing for the coalition, particularly in Iraq. But I’m wondering whether you see Britain furthering that action into Syria, or is there a kind of disagreement on whether the British should take part in airstrikes and what the goals are in Syria? Thank you.
SECRETARY KERRY: Thanks. Thank you. Thanks, Elise. Well, we’re deeply concerned about the people of Kobani, who are battling against ISIL terrorists. And indeed, we have talked to the leaders of Turkey. I talked with Prime Minister Davutoglu, I think, twice yesterday and the day before. We have conducted additional strikes in the region. We conducted strikes both Monday and Tuesday and now. But as horrific as it is to watch in real time what’s happening in Kobani, it’s also important to remember that you have to step back and understand the strategic objective and where we have begun over the course of the last weeks.
We’re literally just coming out of the UN meeting at which we announced the coalition, literally have just been deploying the first efforts to liberate – as you know, a few weeks ago – Sinjar Mountain, the siege on Amirli, the Haditha Dam, the Mosul Dam, and we were very successful in those efforts. And the Iraqi forces within Iraq are standing up and have had some successes – some setbacks too – but some successes over the course of the last days.
But General Allen is literally only on his first trip right now in the region. He will be going to Turkey tomorrow. He is going to have long meetings through tomorrow and Friday in which we hope to determine exactly how Turkey will now enter this having resolved their hostage crisis. Clearly, on their border, this is of enormous concern to Turkey and they recognize that.
QUESTION: But where are they?
SECRETARY KERRY: These things have to be done in a thoughtful and careful way so everybody understands who is doing what and what the implications are of their doing it and where you go as a result. And I am absolutely confident that tomorrow, the discussions will take place directly with Ambassador McGurk and General Allen and CENTCOM. General Lloyd Austin is very much involved in directing those strikes now and in doing what he can within the framework of the current structure. But this is a structure that is evolving on a daily basis, and notwithstanding the crisis in Kobani, the original targets of our efforts have been the command and control centers, the infrastructure. We’re trying to deprive the – ISIL of the overall ability to wage this, not just in Kobani but throughout Syria and into Iraq. So I think you will see over the next hours, days the fullness of that strategy evolving and decisions being made about the Turks and others as to exactly what role they’re going to play.
FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: And following on from that, you asked about the UK’s position. We have – we were asked by the Iraqi Government to provide support in Iraq. We obtained parliamentary approval for that support and we’re already in action in Iraq. We absolutely have not ruled out playing a role in Syria. We will require further parliamentary approval if we decide that that is the right thing for us to do, but as Secretary Kerry said, this is a coalition. There are many players in it and many different tasks to be carried out. There’s some division of labor here, specialization of roles. And just as we wait to see exactly how Turkey will make its contribution to the coalition, so the UK is still considering whether the right way for us to make a contribution – the way in which we can most usefully add value to the coalition – is to extend our military permissions to operations in Syria. If we conclude that is the right thing to do, we’ll ask the British parliament for approval of that decision.
MS. PSAKI: The second question is from Peter Foster at Telegraph.
QUESTION: Thank you. My first question relates to Kobani and Syria. The French president has indicated he supports Turkish calls for a buffer zone. Do either have – either of you have any comment on that, and have any sense of what form a buffer zone might take and what purpose it might serve?
And just to follow up on British role – military role in the Iraq-Syria situation, the foreign secretary has indicated that Britain would be receptive to American requests if there was a specific military role that Britain could play. This question to Secretary Kerry: Do you see a useful role that Britain could play militarily in Syria? I think particularly if, say, Kobani, where our Brimstone missile could have a role in – it’s a very low-caliber missile. It could have a role in these very closed urban environments. Do you see America seeing a role for Britain in Syria?
FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: May I answer that question first? We are at the stage of exploring – as the Secretary said, this is very new territory. I mean, we’re only in the first week or two of the coalition’s existence and operation. The idea of a buffer zone is one that has been floated. We’d have to explore with other allies and partners what is meant by a buffer zone, how such a concept would work, but I certainly wouldn’t want to rule it out at this stage.
In terms of the UK’s potential military contribution in Syria, we would see this as a military question: Is there a militarily useful role that UK assets could play? And Secretary Kerry may want to say something about that, but I think this is a question for the military people. General Allen has his role; CENTCOM will be in the lead on this. If CENTCOM commanders see a specific role for UK military assets, I’m sure that they will not be slow in requesting them.
SECRETARY KERRY: Look, in broad, generic terms, can Great Britain be useful? Absolutely, in so many different ways. But this is, as Philip has just said, a specific determination that has to be made with respect to a very specific mission, and it’s up to General Austin, our CENTCOM commander, to make that decision. And he will do so with the appropriate consultation with his counterparts and with the President with respect to the overall mission. But in – there’s no question that we are very happy to have our friend and ally Great Britain as part of this, and there’s all kinds of things that we can do together in this endeavor.
QUESTION: And the buffer zone, Secretary?
SECRETARY KERRY: The buffer zone – as Philip said, the buffer zone is an idea that’s been out there. It’s worth examining. It’s worth looking at very, very closely. There are a million-plus refugees who have crossed the border. There were another 180,000 or so driven out in the last few days from Kobani. This should not be a problem that is thrust onto Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, where they bear an incredible burden with respect to their societies. And if Syrian citizens can return to Syria and be protected in an area across the border, there’s a lot that would commend that. But at the same time, you’d have to guarantee safety, guarantee there wouldn’t be attacks by the government, other kinds of things would have to happen. So it needs a thorough examination. We’re all in favor of looking at this very closely, and that will clearly be one of the things that General Allen will be having discussions on and, subsequently, the active line authority commanders will have discussions on over the course of the next days.
MS. PSAKI: Thank you, everyone.
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all.Read more
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Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
Sharing our success in a Startup Europe
Madrid, 8 October 2014
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It’s such a pleasure to be here, in Madrid. Madrid has a special place in my heart. The beginning of my mandate in 2009 started with one the most inspiring events: the Campus Party! Thousands of young innovating entrepreneurs sharing and communicating their ideas. Making ICT and innovation come to life, in real time!
When I started my job as Commissioner for the Digital Agenda in 2009, a lot of people felt sorry for me. They asked me if I wasn’t disappointed because I only had to deal with ‘digital issues’. What an understatement! Soon, in the next Commission, will be a digital Commission, with three men being responsible for my portfolio on ‘digital issues’. Can you imagine?
In 5 years’ time a lot of things have changed. Sometimes even beyond our imagination. Digital is everywhere in our economy and society. Digital is part of our daily lives. Digital technologies are not only boosting our economic growth and creating jobs. Digital technologies also provide young people like you with an inspiring career and a challenging future. You are the living proof of what digital can do for you. And of course, what you can do for digital technologies!
Politicians go on and on about jobs and growth. But who is out there actually creating those jobs? And building that growth? Not people like me – but people like you. Entrepreneurs and innovators. Especially those using the power of the web.
Online – there’s no limit to your imagination. No obstacle to a world of open opportunity.
It’s not just about coding. Or computers. Or communications technology: it’s about what you can do with them.
It’s not about the canvas – it’s about the picture you can paint on it.
And you can paint something amazing.
That is why I have made this my priority. It matters so much to our future.
Unemployment for young people keeps me awake at night; here in Spain it’s over 50%. It should be a priority for every politician. We should not be turning our backs on any tool that could help – no way!
Yet these young people are digital natives. They have the skills and mindset to succeed.
So web entrepreneurs matter.
It’s not all about Silicon Valley. It’s not just about Northern Europe.
It’s not just for geeks, it’s not just for guys.
No – this is everywhere, and for everyone. A powerful spark to light a fire under our economy – everywhere. And I hope you can light that spark with me.
Here in Spain I’ve seen success stories like Tuenti. Female entrepreneurs like Ana Maiques, winner of a European Women Innovators Award. Accelerators like Wayra and SeedRocket. Events like this one, gathering and energising this vibrant community. I recently met some very talented women startups from Greece and Romania. This is all over Europe!
In those five years, I noticed that something else has changed. Europe doesn’t need a Silicon Valley. That is a thing of the past. We have Start-Up Europe. A large network of many excellent and ambitious Start-Up hubs all across the EU. We have so many ideas, so much talent. So much creativity.
Europe’s talent needs the right recognition, rules and resources.
Every parent should be proud if their kids want to set up a startup. Every professor should be encouraging and teaching those skills – though often I know it’s the kids teaching the teachers, not the other way round. Every policy-maker should be giving Europe the right environment for startup success.
We are helping. We are providing 80 million euros for the best app ideas for the future internet. We are building European communities of support: investors, accelerators, and more. We are reforming the rules: open data, copyright, roaming. So you can steer a clear course throughout our single market and spread your bright idea.
And soon we will be linking up the startup hubs of Europe! As of January, we launch a new network linking Madrid with the ecosystems in Berlin, Dublin, and Milan – just a few of the 16 European cities connected by a pilot as part of Startup Europe. Meanwhile the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) will bring corporates, startups and academia together; including Telefonica, BBVA and IE Empresa.
And I want every European – every child and every adult – to have the digital skills they need to face the future.
It’s crazy that jobs go unfilled while people are unemployed. Nearly one million digital jobs in fact!
Many countries have launched a national coalition for digital jobs – from Italy to Romania, Malta to Lithuania. I would like to see that happen here in Spain too. In a country so devastated by unemployment that should be top of the government’s list.
Those skills need to start young: coding in the classroom. Just like you’d learn to read and write. Secondary schools here in Madrid will be making coding compulsory on the curriculum – fantastic. It’s teaching people a new way of creating and a new way of thinking. A new life skill.
And for those who want more, EU Code Week starts on Saturday! There will be thousands of events in more than 36 countries across Europe. Here in Spain there’s over 50 events, from classroom hackathons to university workshops to live link-ups with the rest of Europe. Check out codeweek.eu for what’s on!
There are many ways to make life easier for startups. The Start Up Leaders Club has put forward 22 ideas in a European startup manifesto that almost 8,000 have already signed. This example has now also been followed by Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Luxemburg, Portugal and Spain. The Start Up world is buzzing with energy!
Today I want to focus on just one thing we can change. One thing we really need to change to be able to make the difference.
It’s about having the right mindset. It is about risk-taking. It is one that celebrates success, and also embraces failure.
Europe has many of those successes. Skype, Spotify, Skyscanner, Shazam, Swiftkey, Supercell. All born in Europe. And that’s just the ones who begin with S. I could give you many others, from Angry Birds to Zendesk.
Let’s celebrate them and start talking about them.
But let’s also learn to fail. That’s the most important thing you can learn as a startup. Learning to fail is about managing risks much better. Playing it safe, won’t help you to make the difference.
Every company you can name started with a failure. But the founders didn’t give up at that first hurdle. They kept on going and that’s why we have Facebook, Google, and Apple.
Failure isn’t a stigma, a black mark on your career. No: it’s an event you learn from.
Here in Europe people might look at a CV with many projects on it. And they think – what a list of failures. They think failure is a person, not an event. I don’t want to go near this. Investors, banks, employees, employers: too often they think that.
But that’s exactly the wrong way to think.
In Silicon Valley they look at a CV and they expect to see that list of failures. If they don’t see any – if you didn’t ever fail – they know you can’t have been trying, and you certainly weren’t innovating.
That’s an attitude we need to change in Europe. It’s time people learned to deal with failure, learned to take a risk. In short – learned how to innovate.
We’ve come a long way in 5 years.
Now we have many successes to celebrate, many role models to recognise and reward . A community that is visible, viable, vibrant: and finding its voice.
So let’s not stop making a noise. Many EU countries are producing their own national startup manifestos. Governments are starting to read them, taking them seriously, implementing and adapting. Starting to listen to the voice of startups.
Let’s keep it up. Let’s give everyone in Europe the ingredients for startup success. Let’s educate younger people about entrepreneurship. Let’s create the environment where your idea can flourish and grow. Let’s cut red tape, open access to resources and investors. Let’s spread the message that failure is a necessary part of a journey. And let’s recognise the role these rock stars play in our economy.
That’s my startup manifesto. I’m shouting about it in every visit I make in Europe, right up until the end. I hope you will join me.Read more
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José Manuel Durão Barroso
Presidente da Comissão Europeia
Para uma União da Inovação mais forte, coesa e aberta – Working for a Strong, Cohesive and Open Innovation Union
O futuro da Europa é a ciência
Lisboa, 6 outubro 2014
Sua Excelência o Senhor Presidente da República,
Senhora Secretária de Estado,
Senhora Presidente do Conselho de Administração da Fundação Champalimaud, cara Dra. Leonor Beleza,
Senhora Comissária, Dear Máire Geoghegan-Quinn,
Senhor Comissário indigitado, meu caro Eng. Carlos Moedas,
Minhas Senhoras e meus Senhores,
Tenho muito prazer em estar aqui hoje convosco para vos falar do papel da ciência no futuro da Europa. Gostaria de começar por agradecer à Senhora Presidente da Fundação Champalimaud, Dra. Leonor Beleza, por nos acolher nesta impressionante sede de uma instituição que em relativamente pouco tempo já ganhou reconhecimento nacional e internacional pelo seu trabalho ao serviço da ciência. Quero de modo muito especial agradecer ao Senhor Presidente da República pela honra que nos dá ao ter dito sim quando o convidei para presidir à abertura desta conferência.
De fato, não poderíamos ter escolhido um sítio melhor do que Lisboa para realizar a conferência. A sensibilidade para a descoberta e para a abertura a novos horizontes faz parte do ADN de Portugal!
E as novas gerações têm honrado esse legado, como foi brilhantemente demonstrado pelos jovens João Pedro Estácio Gaspar Gonçalves de Araújo, Mariana de Pinho Garcia e Matilde Gonçalves Moreira da Silva, que há menos de duas semanas foram reconhecidos entre os melhores jovens cientistas da Europa por ocasião do 26.º Concurso da União Europeia para Jovens Cientistas realizado em Varsóvia.
E também não teria sido possível escolher melhor sítio que a Fundação Champalimaud, que não só é um centro de excelência em investigação sobre a saúde, como também uma instituição muito empenhada em divulgar a educação científica junto do público em Portugal. A atitude dos cidadãos em relação à ciência é, sem dúvida, um aspeto crucial que importa ter em consideração. O progresso científico deve ser devidamente explicado para poder ser bem recebido, em vez de ser encarado, com muitas vezes acontece, com injustiçadas dúvidas ou até perniciosas resistências.
Esta conferência não poderia ocorrer em melhor altura, pois é precisamente nesta semana que se procede a entrega dos Prémios Nobel, que se iniciou esta manhã com o Prémio Nobel da Medicina de 2014 – cujos vencedores, como já foi dito, foram John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser e Edvard Moser, que felicito muito sinceramente. E é com grande orgulho que o faço, pois estes últimos dois neurocientistas, apesar de trabalharem na Noruega, foram ambos bolseiros do Conselho Europeu de Investigação (ERC).
Quero também agradecer muito a presença entre nós do Prémio Nobel da Física, Serge Haroche, que participará logo a seguir numa das mesas redondas, e a todos os outros eminentes cientistas, empresários e membros da sociedade civil que quiseram juntar-se a nós nestes dois dias de importantes reflexões.
A Comissão Europeia tem vindo a colocar a ciência, a investigação e a inovação no centro da agenda europeia. Para construir uma Europa forte, unida e aberta neste domínio, a Comissão tem desempenhado um importante papel procurando soluções para os problemas, estabelecendo pontes e promovendo os nossos princípios fundamentais.
A ciência, a investigação e a inovação são áreas a que tenho dedicado especial atenção desde o início do meu mandato de dez anos como Presidente da Comissão Europeia. Os alicerces foram criados ao longo dos anos: desde a criação do Instituto Europeu de Inovação e Tecnologia (EIT) e do altamente reputado Conselho Europeu de Investigação – European Research Council -, à participação da Europa em grandes projetos científicos como por exemplo – um dos maiores em curso no mundo – o Reator Termonuclear Experimental Internacional (ITER), cujos progressos constatei pessoalmente durante a visita que efetuei em julho a Cadarache, em França, na sede do projeto.
A razão pela qual dedico uma atenção especial a este setor está relacionada com a grande esperança na ciência, na grande confiança que tenho nas capacidades da mente humana e numa sociedade criativa para solucionar os seus problemas. O mundo está a mudar drasticamente, a uma velocidade nunca vista. Acredito que muitas das soluções, na Europa e fora dela, virão de novos estudos científicos e das novas tecnologias. Gostaria de ver a Europa a liderar esse esforço a nível global, o que será determinante para o futuro bem-estar e a prosperidade das nossas sociedades e para a influência europeia a nível global.
A verdade é que foi possível, mesmo em momentos de grandes dificuldades financeiras, colocar a investigação no centro da estratégia para o crescimento e para o emprego – a Estratégia Europa 2020: com o objetivo de criar condições favoráveis à inovação; promover o dinamismo da União da Inovação; lutar por um maior investimento na inovação, na tecnologia e no papel da ciência.
Gostaria de aproveitar esta oportunidade para enaltecer o trabalho incansável e muito competente da Comissária para a Investigação, a Inovação e a Ciência, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, em prol da obtenção de resultados concretos num setor com tão grandes ambições. Muito a ela se deve, nomeadamente na luta de persuasão de alguns Governos no sentido de nos apoiarem em relação a um orçamento mais ambicioso para a investigação.
Acredito igualmente – e tive experiência direta disso durante estes anos – na importância da competência científica independente e consistente. De facto, a Comissão Europeia é muitas vezes chamada a tomar decisões que são extremamente complexas do ponto de vista técnico e que têm profundas repercussões do ponto de vista social, e até, muitas vezes, implicações de um ponto de vista ético. E penso que essas decisões devem ser sustentadas numa abordagem científica.
Foi por essa razão que decidi criar o cargo de conselheiro científico principal do Presidente da Comissão Europeia, exercido pela Professora Anne Glover, e também criamos o Conselho Consultivo para a Ciência e Tecnologia (STAC), que nos aconselha e apoia nos domínios da ciência e da tecnologia.
Dado que o progresso da ciência levanta por vezes questões éticas, a Comissão Europeia é também aconselhada pelo Grupo Europeu de Ética para as Ciências e as Novas Tecnologias, um organismo independente, pluralista e pluridisciplinar, cujo papel se encontra já bem consolidado.
Dado que há muito a fazer quando se aceita a ideia de que a mudança é uma oportunidade de melhorar; e que as novas formas de pensar e os novos dados podem obrigar-nos a abandonar visões por vezes antiquadas do mundo e a aceitar algo de novo, dei também o meu pleno apoio a várias iniciativas prospetivas no âmbito da Comissão Europeia, desde o projeto ESPAS (European Strategy and Policy Analysis System) à criação de uma rede interna em matéria de prospetiva, que cobre também o domínio científico.
Penso que estes exercícios prospetivos são realmente necessários pois, embora a incerteza faça sempre parte da decisão política, a falta de antecipação política adequada pode e deve ser evitada. Os decisores políticos precisam de dispor de alternativas de políticas públicas bem informadas que lhes permitam tomar decisões claras e estratégicas a médio e longo prazo.
Por isso solicitei, portanto, ao meu Conselho Consultivo para a Ciência e Tecnologia (STAC) que se debruçasse sobre estas questões e que elaborasse um relatório sob o lema «O futuro da Europa é a ciência». É precisamente disso que se trata: identificar os desafios e as oportunidades que a ciência, a tecnologia e a inovação colocam à Europa e formular uma série de recomendações em três domínios diferentes, todos eles de importância primordial para os cidadãos europeus: o futuro da sua saúde, o futuro do trabalho e o futuro do ambiente.
Queria aproveitar esta oportunidade para agradecer publicamente aos membros do STAC. Sempre trabalhámos juntos, de uma forma aberta e construtiva. Sempre valorizei o seu aconselhamento e congratulo-me com o relatório que é hoje mesmo publicado na ocasião da realização da conferência.
Gostaria agora de vos explicar sucintamente o que significa uma Europa forte, unida e aberta do ponto de vista da Comissão Europeia no que se refere à ciência e à investigação.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Contradicting what I call an intellectual glamour of pessimism about Europe, which unfortunately happens to be rather fashionable in some circles, we have to recognize that, when it comes to research and innovation, Europe is strong. Much stronger than what sometimes is publicly acknowledged. Europe is one of the leaders in science in the world!
We are not short of world-class researchers and innovators with the skills and ideas to drive Europe forward. And today’s audience is a perfect illustration of this. We have twice the number of science and technology graduates than in the United States; with 7% of the world’s population, we still produce roughly a third not only of the world’s GDP, but also of patents and high impact scientific publications; and despite the crisis almost all our Member States have improved their innovation performance; and we have been able to halve the innovation gap that we still have with the United States and Japan. While in science we are, in many areas, the number one in the world, in innovation we are not always in the first places.
But we cannot afford to rest on these laurels. We live in a world where scientific and technological progress is accelerating at an unprecedented pace, and where South Korea is moving further ahead, with China quickly catching us up. So we need to capitalize on our strengths and to address also some of our weaknesses.
From a European Commission’s perspective, this basically means to act as a problem-solver in an environment of scarce resources and under very challenging circumstances. This is what we have been doing over these last years.
The best illustration of this is certainly the new research programme Horizon 2020. This is a large framework programme with wide-ranging objectives from supporting excellence in science – with the European Research Council now chaired by Professor Bourguignon – to developing industrial leadership and addressing key societal challenges, allowing us to focus on the big priorities relevant to our citizens.
That said, as we are all aware, money is the crux of the matter. But despite very difficult financial conditions, we have managed to get our Member States closer to our objectives for research, with an increase of 30% through the new Horizon 2020 programme – around € 80 billion for the next seven years – which makes it today one of the most important scientific funding programmes in the world.
I have to say, to be honest with our Member States, that while in some areas they were very negative when we discussed the Multiannual Financial Programme for the next seven years regarding some expenditure, when it came to science there was, generally speaking, very good opening from our Member States considering the ambitious proposals of the Commission. And this is certainly a very important progress, compared to the situation in the past.
And because entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators cannot afford to have their energy and time drained with red tape, with Horizon 2020 red tape was sensibly reduced. All phases of the innovation cycle are now funded under a single platform.
More private investment has also been secured to address major societal challenges. Public-private partnerships are one of the key elements of Horizon 2020. The private sector has committed to invest nearly € 10 billion in Joint Technology Initiatives stimulating innovation in areas such as medicines, transport and bio-based industries. Together with EU and Member States funding, this amounts to a € 22 billion boost for growth and jobs in Europe over the next 7 years.
Another example of the European Commission acting as a problem-solver is the Risk Sharing Finance Facility that we have set up jointly with the European Investment Bank.
As you know, one of the major obstacles to getting innovation to the market is the insufficient availability of finance for new and innovative projects, particularly for SMEs. The principle of this Risk Sharing Finance Facility is that for every billion euro of European budget money, the European Investment Bank has mobilised € 12 billion in loans and over € 30 billion in final research and innovation investment. Concretely, this has led to additional resources of up to € 40 billion since 2007 for research and innovation activities, which would otherwise be left unfunded. Besides, a very substantial share of Horizon 2020 will be devoted to funding innovative SMEs which, no need to recall, form the backbone of the European economy.
And I am happy and even proud to add that after 30 years of negotiation, – because the Member States were not able to agree on a common position on that matter – we finally agreed a European-wide patent, even if there are two Member States that are outside the final agreement. This is a major step forward in our effort to deliver a more innovative-friendly business environment in Europe. We estimate that once fully implemented, this will reduce the cost by up to 80% for small and medium size business and individual researchers to register their creative ideas.
But clearly the European Commission’s actions are not enough. They are necessary but not sufficient. Our countries must also act as problem-solvers and our governments make an equal effort in research. Budgetary consolidation is certainly an essential prerequisite for sound growth and competitiveness. But investment in growth and jobs of the future are also vital. And if you want to invest in the future, you should think science, research and innovation!
Ladies and gentlemen,
A stronger Europe is also a more united Europe. And for Europe to be more united in the field of science, research and innovation, we have to address existing fragmentations, notably between academic and business worlds, between public and private sectors.
From a European Commission’s perspective this means to act as a bridge-builder and make the knowledge triangle work better in favour of new socio-economic benefits. This is what we have been doing over these last years, notably through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) which I took the initiative to create during my first mandate and which was launched in 2008.
The EIT, and I recently visited the headquarters of the EIT in Budapest, precisely brings together the three strands of the knowledge triangle – higher education, research and innovation – and businesses, in new types of partnership, the so-called Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) operating so far in three areas, but we are going to enlarge them: sustainable energy, climate change and ICT; and with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. Until 2020, the EIT will be expanded to new areas and five new KICs will be created, as well as its outreach capacity that will be strengthened.
By 2020, the EIT is expected to train 10.000 Master students, 10.000 PhDs and create 600 new companies, and achieve systematic impact in the way universities, research centres and companies cooperate for innovation.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are also another good example of how to bridge gaps between sectors. Horizon 2020 will allow for the funding of 65.000 researchers under the new Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions which will combine research excellence with training on entrepreneurial skills; and encourage researchers to engage with industries and other employers during their fellowship.
A more united Europe depends also on an increased mobility of researchers and on the development of pan-European infrastructures. This is, as you know, the objective of the European Research Area: to have a real single market for knowledge, research and innovation. Good progress has been made. Most of the conditions for achieving a European Research Area are in place at the European level. The completion of this objective therefore now largely depends on national reforms and on national implementation. Member States are expected to present “European Research Area (ERA) roadmaps” by mid-2015, outlining their next steps towards the implementation of a true European single market for research.
And as it is just impossible to speak of a more cohesive Europe without referring to cohesion policy, I would like to mention that, to maximise territorial and social cohesion, Smart Specialisation Strategies are being developed with the support of the European Regional development Fund as well as other relevant funds, in order to make the most of the innovation potential of each region and each country across Europe. This is what we call the “Staircase to Excellence”, allowing all Member States to attain the best level in science with the support of European funding.
Finally, a stronger Europe is also an open Europe. When I had the great honour to deliver, together with my colleague, the President of the European Council, the acceptance speech of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union in Oslo, I made a point about science and culture being at the core of our European project, precisely as a way of going beyond borders. I think it is very interesting that the idea of the European Union was, to some extent, to overcome borders and divisions and in science we know something about that. As Louis Pasteur said: “La science n’a pas de patrie.”
From a European Commission’s perspective this means to hold true to our Union founding values and principles by reaching out not only to our countries, but to all countries in the world. For example 15.000 out of the 65.000 researchers to be funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions will be non-EU researchers.
We are also promoting a dynamic science diplomacy. Horizon 2020, for example, is fully open to participation from international partner countries as shown by the agreement we recently signed with Israel. And I am happy that we have now found a solution to associate Switzerland to the Horizon 2020 programme that is one of the most important science and research funding programmes in the world.
We are also developing major dialogues on science and innovation with other world regions, notably with Africa. For instance, a year ago, we have agreed to start working towards a long-term jointly funded and co-owned research and innovation partnership with Africa, with a first focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.
Another example is the decision taken with the United States and Canada, in May 2013, to join forces on Atlantic Ocean research, to better understand this Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources.
That said, openness is not a one-way street. It has to be reciprocated. Our ongoing negotiations of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contribute to the establishment of a level playing field with our international partners, with the aim of ensuring, in particular, equivalent protection of intellectual property rights. We are clearly aiming at promoting win-win situations, so as to foster international research and innovation opportunities.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We have been through the worst financial, economic and social crisis since the start of European integration. This has clearly put our European model to the test. This was the biggest stress test ever in terms of European integration. Under these challenging circumstances, it was not easy to struggle to keep Europe united and open to the world, and to prepare Europe to emerge stronger and better prepared for the demands of globalisation, prepared to deal with demographic, technological and environmental challenges. A Europe ready to face the future.
In this process, the European Commission has always considered science and innovation as key strategic priorities for promoting a competitive European economy, but also a vibrant European society. We have been fully committed to create a more science and innovation-friendly environment. Because indeed “the future of Europe is science.”
And the discussions you will have later today and tomorrow on foresight will be an opportunity to highlight how much science and innovation are key to deliver on the issues which matter most for every European: health, jobs and therefore the society they live in and the economy. And there is no alternative: we have to deliver on these issues – crucially on jobs – to regain the trust of our citizens.
The reforms driven by the European Commission, and of course with our Member States, over the past five years are a solid foundation for that. Still a lot remains to be done. Science and innovation have to remain more than ever strategic priorities. But one thing I can tell you very sincerely after these ten years in the European Commission is that the European Union has demonstrated its great resilience. All those that were betting on the implosion of the euro or on the implosion of the European Union, were wrong. And one of the things that tie us together is, and should continue to be, science and the commitment to an open society where these ideas and this creativity can be kept and can be developed.
Let me conclude in Portuguese,
A título mais pessoal, quero manifestar hoje a minha satisfação por saber que a enorme responsabilidade de conduzir a ciência no futuro incumbirá ao meu compatriota e amigo, o Comissário português indigitado, Carlos Moedas. Gostaria de agradecer a sua presença hoje e estou confiante de que desenvolverá profundos esforços a favor da ciência, da investigação e da inovação. Desejo-lhe o melhor para as suas futuras funções. Para o futuro de Portugal e para o futuro da ciência na Europa!
E a todos vós desejo muito êxito nas discussões acerca do futuro da Europa e da ciência.
Muito obrigado pela vossa atenção.Read more
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European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Informal Council of European Ministers for Agriculture
Milan, 30 September 2014
I would like to thank the Italian presidency for today’s debate on food security, and I welcome Italy’s willingness to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda thanks to the World Expo in 2015.
As I have already said, and I renew this commitment today, the European Commission will support this European and international event.
One of the big challenges for genuine, sustainable food security – beyond the challenges with which all of us here around the table are only too familiar – is public awareness.
Farming takes time, long-term investment, and ongoing political will. Farming cannot at the same time be subject to market fluctuations and to inconsistent policy that depends on the turbulence of current events, on its media profile and on what happens to be fashionable.
Farming must be constantly on our minds:
when 805 million people are still undernourished;
until we have the means to feed a constantly growing world population, which will soon reach 9 or even 11 billion;
when it remains so difficult to generate and maintain added value in rural areas, both in developing and in developed countries. Farming is and will remain the bedrock of rural economies.
Our fellow citizens must understand the real difficulty of meeting the global food challenge. Raising their awareness contributes directly to our efforts to fight food insecurity, and to promote sustainable production and healthy, balanced diets.
Since 2009, at international level and in Europe, in-depth work has been going on to put farming back at the centre of our priorities.
My colleague Andris Piebalgs and I have been putting farming at the heart of development policy. Through the EU’s development funds, we estimate at this preliminary programming stage that about eight billion euros should be made available between 2014 and 2020 to support sustainable, productive farming, with around 60 beneficiary countries.
At European level, we have maintained the European Union’s capacity to make long-term investments in this sector and to guide it towards greater economic and environmental efficiency.
Let us be clear: the challenge, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world, is and will remain to keep up the efforts that have been started, including in budgetary terms – and to boost them where necessary. There can be no real project for farming without strong, consistent public policy that addresses all the issues facing different types of farming throughout the world, such as:
developing production by disseminating existing farming skills and innovation;
adapting to and combating climate change using farming as a lever;
developing added value and sustainability of agricultural jobs, which are a source of rural development, not least by better integrating small farms into the markets.
However, to achieve all these aims, we need sound governance at every level: global, regional, national and local – collective and individual action.
This governance must translate into the use of all the tools available to us:
trade: we must continue to work for a WTO agreement that takes account of the specifics of farming and, at the same time, work proactively towards bilateral agreements with countries that give real opportunities to our farmers in Europe. We must do this whilst respecting our partners’ farming sectors, especially in developing countries, by giving them, too, the capacity to develop. That is the spirit of the EPA agreements already concluded with 24 countries, including the countries of western and southern Africa. Six of the seven regions under negotiation are now covered by an agreement.
sustainability: Europe is at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change. It must continue, as we have just done in New York, pushing to ensure that the Paris conference on climate change, to be held at the end of 2015, is a real success. However, sustainability is not just for farmers. We cannot have, on the one hand, European citizens who demand sustainability, and, on the other, European consumers who demand low prices and are wasteful.
Finally, the development of investment in farming infrastructure, and agronomic research and innovation. I have reminded you of the importance of public budgets. They need to be complemented with major private investment of capital, energy and expertise.
Of course, over the last 50 years, the European Union has been developing expertise in the governance of agricultural markets. Our farmers have built up considerable know-how. We also have some of the best conditions for production in the world.
However, Europe as a continent is not immune from the food challenge. Developing and even maintaining Europe’s production capacity remains a challenge and a key strategic goal.
European agriculture is efficient and has been making considerable progress has been made, especially in the east. However, European agriculture is facing real challenges:
finding the right balance between producing and preserving natural resources;
maintaining a driving role in rural areas to preserve the fragile balance of many territories;
helping increase world demand for quality produce;
generating the growth and jobs that Europe needs;
but also being able to face up to the setbacks associated with markets that can be profitable, but are also volatile.
Our successes should not mask the challenges. Convincing those outside our bubble, for want of a better way of putting it, is a real challenge. I would therefore like to thank the Italian presidency once again for this initiative. I would also like to take advantage of this informal opportunity to thank each one of you for what we have achieved together, in a constructive atmosphere, with the same passion and commitment to our farming and our farmers.Read more
Bruxelles, le 3 octobre 2014
(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)
Déplacements et visites
Lundi 6 octobre
Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO and Ms Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN deliver speeches at the high level conference on “The Future of Europe is Science” (Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon)
M. Michel BARNIER participe à la conférence “L’UE après les élections de mai 2014”, organisée par l’association des anciens de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris et l’association du master affaires européennes de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Paris)
Mr Janez POTOČNIK receives Mr Thierry de l’ESCAILLE, Secretary General and CEO of ELO (European Landowner’s Organization)
Mr Andris PIEBALGS is in Vienna: participates in the EU-United Nations Industrial Development Organization High Level Review meeting; participates in the Entwicklungspolitische Dialog (Development Policy Dialogue )
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU delivers keynote speech at a conference on education organized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education (Nicosia Conference Centre)
Mr Johannes HAHN gives an opening speech at the OPEN DAYS, (European Parliament, Brussels)
Ms Connie HEDEGAARD participates in the Joint informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers and Environment Ministers (MiCo Conference Centre, Milan – Italy)
Mr László ANDOR in Tampere, Finland: gives lecture on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee at University of Tampere; visits the Nokia Research Facility; visits the European Social Fund project “Nuorten startti”; attends dinner hosted by Ms Anna-Kaisa IKONEN, Mayor of City of Tampere
Mr Tonio BORG visits the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood research accompanied by the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Mr Bent HØIE and the Norwegian Minster for Fisheries Ms Elisabeth ASPAKER (Bergen – Norway)
Mr Tonio BORG visits the Haukeland University Hospital accompanied by the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Mr Bent HØIE (Bergen – Norway)
Mardi 7 octobre
Mr Joaquín ALMUNIA receives Ms Urve PALO, Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
Ms Neelie KROES meets Mrs Axelle LEMAIRE, French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs (Paris)
M. Michel BARNIER rencontre M. Gérard ANDRECK, ancien Président du Groupe MACIF (Paris)
M. Michel BARNIER rencontre M. Bernard BIGOT, Administrateur Général du Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et Haut Représentant pour la France du projet ITER (Paris)
Mr Andris PIEBALGS receives Mr Amadou BA, Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal
Mr Andris PIEBALGS receives Mr Arno KOMPATSCHER, President of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen South Tyrol in the context of the 2015 Year of Development
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurt 7-8/10); Takes part at the Opening Press Conference; attends the opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt, Harmonie Hall);
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU attends the official opening of the Finish Guest of Honour exhibition pavilion (Forum-Level 1, Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt )
Mr Karel DE GUCHT in The Netherlands: delivers keynote speech in conference on the EU-US trade deal (TTIP) in Rotterdam
Mr Johannes HAHN receives Mr Wilhelm MOLTERER, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank;
Mr Johannes HAHN receives Mr Alex PETRIASHVILI, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Mr Johannes HAHN receives Mr Bojan PAJTIC, President of the Government of Vojvodina
Ms Connie HEDEGAARD delivers a speech at the High-Level Conference “the future of Europe is science” (Fundação Champalimaud, Lisbon – Portugal)
Mr László ANDOR in Helsinki, Finland: meets Mr Antti RINNE, Minister of Finance of Finland; meets Ms Lenita TOIVAKKA, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland; gives lecture on economic automatic stabilisers at University of Helsinki; meets Mr Lauri IHALAINEN, Minister of Labour of Finland; meets representatives of workers’ and employers’ unions
Mr Dacian CIOLOŞ participates in the Congress of European Farmers 2014: The new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 and Family Farming: growth and employment for EU rural areas
Mr Tonio BORG meets the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Ms Sylvi LISTHAUG and the State Secretary for Health and Care Services Ms Astrid NOKLEBYE HEIBERG (Bergen – Norway)
Mr Tonio BORG visits a rehabilitation farm (Satergaarden – Norway) as well as a small scale food producing facility (Ostegaarden – Norway) accompanied by the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food Ms Sylvi LISTHAUG and the State Secretary for Health and Care Services Ms Astrid NOKLEBYE HEIBERG
Mercredi 8 octobre
TTE Meeting of Transport Ministers, Luxembourg
European Parliament plenary session, Brussels (8-9/10)
Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO attends the Employment conference (Milan)
Ms Neelie KROES gives a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of The South Summit (Madrid)
Mr Andris PIEBALGS receives Ms Yoka BRANDT, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
Mr Andris PIEBALGS participates in the “Race for Survival” campaign organised by Save the Children
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU attends the European Union Prize forLiterature (EUPL) Press Conference and announces the 2014 EUPL winners (New Reading tent, Agora – Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt)
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU takes part at the Panel discussion with authors (Frankfurt Book Fair, New reading tent (Agora) ( Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt)
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU delivers a speech at the International Summit on “Challenges in Educational & Cultural Policy” (Congress Centre Frankfurt Book Fair)
Mr Karel DE GUCHT delivers a speech on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at the Committee of the Regions plenary session
Mr Karel DE GUCHT participates in meeting with the Student Association of the University of Copenhagen
Ms Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN delivers speech at the Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Conference, Turin, and visits the Joint Research Centre at Ispra and delivers farewell message to staff, Ispra.
Ms Maria DAMANAKI speaks at the seminar Shipping in the 21st century (Athens)
Mr Johannes HAHN presents the 2014 winners of the “Europe in my Region” Photo Competition (Brussels)
Mr Johannes HAHN receives Mr Volodymyr GROYSMAN, Deputy Prime Minister for Ukraine for Regional Policy
Mr Johannes HAHN receives Mr Alejandro NIETO ENRIQUEZ, Vice Minister, Ministry of Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development of Mexico for the Signing of “Letter of intent“ with Mexico
Mr Johannes HAHN receives the Austrian delegation Diakonia
Mr Štefan FÜLE presents the 2014 Enlargement Package in the European Parliament
Mr László ANDOR in Italy: participates in an EU Employment conference hosted by the Italian government; meets Heads of State and Labour Ministers (Milan)
Mr Dacian CIOLOŞ in Romania: (8-9/10)
Jeudi 9 octobre
JHA Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers, Luxembourg (9-10/10)
Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO attends a tree planting ceremony in Etterbeek (Brussels)
Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO and Mr Karel DE GUCHT receive Mr Nursultan NAZARBAYEV, President of Kazakhstan
Mr Joaquín ALMUNIA participates in the discussions at the Friends of Europe event “State of Europe: A new action plan for Europe”, Brussels
Ms Neelie KROES gives a speech at Action Cluster Kick-Off Conference by The Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform, Brussels
Mr Janez POTOČNIK participates in “State of Europe” High level roundtable, session III “Sustainable Policies: Greening Europe” (Palais d’Egmont, Brussels)
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU delivers speech at the Education, Training and Youth Forum (The Square, Brussels)
Mr Karel DE GUCHT receives the Chief Economist for Emerging Markets of the Spanish bank BBVA, Ms Alicia HERRERO GARCIA
Mr Karel DE GUCHT in Germany: participates in debate on EU-US trade talks organised by the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Mr Stephan WEIL, in Berlin
Mr Johannes HAHN gives an opening speech at the Urban Development Network Event
Ms Connie HEDEGAARD in Berlin (Germany). Keynote speech, followed by Q&A session at the Energy Efficiency Symposium; Meeting with Mr Nikolaus MEYER-LANDRUT, Germany’s Chief Adviser to the Chancellor for European Affairs (Federal Chancellery)
Mr Štefan FÜLE receives Unicef Deputy Director, Mrs Yoka BRANDT
Mr Štefan FÜLE receives the Swedish diplomat and human rights defender Mr Thomas HAMMARBERG
Mr Štefan FÜLE attends the annual roundtable “State of Europe – a new action plan for Europe”, organised by the think-tank “Friends of Europe” in Brussels.
Mr László ANDOR receives Ms Marie-Louise COLEIRO PRECA, President of Malta
Mr László ANDOR gives opening and closing speech at the conference “The Europe 2020 poverty target: lessons learnt and the way forward” (Brussels)
Mr László ANDOR meets Ms Paraskevi CHRISTOFILOPOULOU, Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform and Electronic Governance of Greece (Brussels)
Ms Martine REICHERTS takes part in the “Friends of Europe” event; meets with Ms Frances FITZGERALD, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality (Brussels)
Vendredi 10 octobre
GAC Cohesion Informal meeting
Mr José Manuel Durão BARROSO in Naples, Italy (10-12/10)
Mr Joaquín ALMUNIA participates in European Competition Day, Rome, Italy
Mr Janez POTOČNIK participates in the conference “Moving”Beyond GDP” in European economic governance”: introductory remarks and concluding session (Management Centre Europe (MCE) Conference Centre, Ixelles)
Mr Andris PIEBALGS participates in the signing ceremony of NIPS with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia.
Ms Androulla VASSILIOU attends the Europa Nostra Local Award Ceremony and presents the award to Mr Charles PICQUE, Mayor of Saint-Gilles and President of the Horta Museum, and its curator, Ms Françoise AUBRY (Musée Horta, Brussels)
Mr Karel DE GUCHT in Germany: delivers speech at “The Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe”; participates in gala dinner with the Chinese Prime Minister, Mr Li Keqiang
Ms Maria DAMANAKI sepaks at the event Cultural Landscapes in Natura 2000 Sites (Athens)
Ms Kristalina GEORGIEVA is in Washington to participate in the 7th Resilience Dialogue.
Mr Johannes HAHN in Milan: gives a speech at the Informal Council Meeting on Cohesion Policy and Economic Governance
Mr László ANDOR gives opening remarks and participates in a panel discussion at the conference “Moving “beyond GDP” in European economic governance” (Brussels)
Mr László ANDOR gives lecture at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels)
Ms Cecilia MALMSTRÖM participates in a panel discussion in the CERGU and CES October Workshop 2014: “Governing the Future European Union” at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden
Samedi 11 octobre
Ms Connie HEDEGAARD at the World Summit of Regions for Climate: intervention “The climate countdown: Mobilizing all actors” with Mrs Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and with Mr Nicolas HULOT, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet (Palais d’Iéna, Paris – France)
Dimanche 12 octobre
Prévisions du mois d’octobre:
13/10 Eurogroup, Luxembourg
13-14/10 AGRIFISH Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers, Luxembourg
15/10 FAC informal meeting of the 28 European Foreign Trade Ministers, Rome
16/10 EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council), Luxembourg
20/10 FAC (Foreign Affairs Council), Luxembourg
20-21/10 EYCS informal meeting of the 28 European Sports Ministers, Rome
20-23 European Parliament plenary session, Strasbourg
21/10 GAC (General Affairs Council), Luxembourg,
23-24/10 European Council, Brussels
28/10 ENVI (Environment Council), Luxembourg
30/10 Informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Tourism, Naples
Prévisions du mois de novembre:
06/11 Eurogroup, Brussels
07/11 ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Council), Brussels
10-11/11 AGRIFISH (Agriculture and Fisheries Council), Brussels
12-13/11 European Parliament plenary session, Brussels
14/11 ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Council), Brussels
17-18/11 FAC (Foreign Affairs Council), Brussels
18-19/11 GAC (General Affairs Council)
21/11 FAC (Foreign Affairs Council), Brussels
24-27/11 European Parliament plenary session, Strasbourg
25/11 EYCS (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council)
27/11 TTE (Transport, telecommunications and energy)
Prévisions du mois de décembre:
01/12 EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council)
03/12 TTE (Transport, telecommunications and energy)
04-05/12 COMPET (Competitiveness Council)
04-05/12 JHA (Justice and Home Affairs Council)
09/12 ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Council)
09/12 TTE (Transport, telecommunications and energy)
11/12 EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council)
12/12 FAC (Foreign Affairs Council)
12/12 EYCS (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council)
15/12 FAC (Foreign Affairs Council), Brussels
15-16/12 AGRIFISH (Agriculture and Fisheries Council)
15-18/12 European Parliament plenary session, Strasbourg
16/12 GAC (General Affairs Council)
17/12 ENVI (Environment Council), Brussels
18-19/12 European Council (Brussels)
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Chantal HUGHES, +32 (0)498 964 450
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