Understanding how knowledge, innovation and research can be decisive for European resilience and recovery: this was the key topic of the informal video conference held by the Ministers responsible for Research. The meeting was chaired from Brussels by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor.
For Manuel Heitor, recovery and resilience are connected with the European Research Area, which will be a source of support for the green and digital transition. “From quantum science to vaccines and green hydrogen, we are facing challenges, as well as opportunities. And we know that science creates markets, and creates jobs, in addition to economic activities with added value.”
“We have defined action lines for where we would like to be in ten and twenty years. Because innovation is a positive force for change,” stated the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. The European Research Area will also help competitiveness. “This is the right time to stimulate growth,” she added.
The Commissioner also emphasized the importance of structural reform to help counter the fragmentation of science, create results-oriented mechanisms, and foster the idea of “open science”. Along with Manuel Heitor, she endorsed the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises, and the contribution of research to the economy.