Research Commissioner flags JPI Ocean again | JPI OCEANS

Research Commissioner flags JPI Ocean again


Research Commissioner flags JPI Ocean again

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science encourages science to respond to societal challenges. In her speech at the marine science community’s triennial conference in Ostend last week, EurOCEAN, she stressed the importance of better value for money from research investments.

In the current difficult economic period, we will strive to maintain research and innovation as a top priority both for the EU and Member States. But more than ever, we must demonstrate better value for money from research investments by delivering more innovation and by better addressing societal issues such as climate change, food security, clean energy and health, the Commissioner stated in her speech.

The Commissioner also called attention to the support expressed in the conference declaration to the Joint Programming Initiative on “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans”.

Ms. Geoghegan-Quinn emphasized the strong link between the marine sciences and the Innovation Union Flagship, adopted by the Commission on 6 October, stating:” -It has struck me not only how important marine and maritime research is to so many areas of our society - resources, energy, food, climate change, biodiversity - but also how many examples and models it provides for the wider science and innovation objectives that are currently at the very top of the European Political Agenda“

Strong link to JPI Oceans

The strong link between the goals set forth by the Commission in the Innovation Union Flagship is echoed in Original template JPI Oceans May 2010 (PDF-135.5 KB) , welcomed by the Competitiveness Council in May. It reads: The Joint Programming Initiative on “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans”, by addressing research topics that are cross-cutting in nature, will promote convergence between marine sciences, climate science and marine industries. It offers an instrument to maximise, in a sustainable way, the benefits that Europe’s societies will draw from seas and oceans, as an important economic basis in terms of jobs, services, products and social welfare, while mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.”

The EurOCEAN conference in Ostend, hosted by the Belgian Presidency, agreed in the Declaration to support the JPI Oceans further, asking Member States and the European Commission to actively support the JPI Oceans. The Joint Programming Initiative on “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans” can provide a very good framework for developing over the long term, many of the suggestions contained in the Ostend declaration.

The Commission will in its turn propose a recommendation to the Council in 2011 on the JP Oceans initiative.

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