Innovation matters: Debating priorities for a competitive Europe

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:30
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This event organsed by Science Business is an important step in the difficult debate about the EU’s future budget debate. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) until 1 September 2013, recently released an influential report proposing a doubling of EU research and innovation funding – a potential challenge to other budget lines, such as agriculture and regions.

The conference is intended to pick up the debate again at the very start of the Autumn political season in Brussels.
It will hear arguments on budget priorities from various quarters, and flesh out some ideas on how the research budget might get spent – and what’s needed to make a true single market in innovation across Europe.


15:00 - How research and innovation can make Europe more competitive

Q&A with Carlos Moedas (, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Interviewed by Richard L. Hudson,Science|Business

15:20 - Setting EU priorities. How to rebalance the budget priorities in Brussels

The old assumptions are gone: Farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, regional development authorities – all is now in play.

16:15 - To the moon: The Lamy report urged the EU to inspire us with moon-shot missions – in health, energy, and other fields. What should they be?

A few concrete proposals from various sectors and dreamers.

16:45 - Stepping up: How to build a real innovation marketplace across Europe.

If Europe is to succeed, it must build integrated, seamless market for innovation, across the entire continent, in health, energy, transport, IP, finance and more.

17:30 -  Reception

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.