Gathering in Copenhagen: The EU is one step closer to world's largest research programme

EU Commissioners and research and innovation ministers from across the EU have gathered in Copenhagen for two days of intensive discussions and workshops that will pave the way for the world's largest research programme, Horizon 2020, writes the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

On the background of an ambitious proposal from Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the ministers have discussed how to ensure more simplified access to funding and less bureaucracy than in the preceding research programmes. And not least how to better transform research and innovation to growth in Europe.

Faced with economic crisis and extensive unemployment, especially among young Europeans, it can be difficult to focus on the horizon, but we must remember than this programme is not only a matter of research and innovation, but about creating future jobs for those same young people, says Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard, who is leading negotiations on Horizon 2020 during the Danish EU Presidency.

And he states that he is very satisfied with the results of the two days in the Bella Center in Copenhagen.

- These days have been a fruitful and promising beginning to the makings of what will not only be the world's largest, but also strongest research programme. I get the impression that there is strong support for the ambitious programme and that the way out of European crises is paved with research and innovation, he says.