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National Innovation Day - Ireland

The Irish "National Innovation Day", which took place in Dublin on 4 November 1996, comprised three major events addressing the issue of innovation: an international colloquium on research and technology; the third "North/South Irish Innovation Lecture" and a national conferen...
The Irish "National Innovation Day", which took place in Dublin on 4 November 1996, comprised three major events addressing the issue of innovation: an international colloquium on research and technology; the third "North/South Irish Innovation Lecture" and a national conference on the theme "Competitiveness through the management of technology".

The international colloquium was addressed, amongst others, by Prof. Jorma Routti, Director-General of DG XII of the European Commission (Science, research and development) and by Dr. Mikel Landabaso of the Commission's DG XVI (Regional Policy). Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of innovation and RTD from the regional development perspective.

Mrs. Edith Cresson, Commissioner responsible for research, education and training, addressed the national conference organized by Forfas, the Irish State development agency. In her speech, Mrs. Cresson highlighted the major steps being taken by the European Commission to help innovation flourish, provide a culture that can benefit all EU citizens and improve the position of Europe in the world.

Mr. Pat Rabbitte, Ireland's Minister of Science and Technology, underlined the State's role in putting innovation high on the agenda. Following the launch of the Irish White Paper on Science and Technology and Innovation, Mr. Rabbitte stressed that the role of science and technology in a competitive environment is a key component in maintaining growth into the future.

Commissioner Cresson was the key speaker at the third annual Irish Innovation Lecture at which she set out her views on the essential role of innovation in the future economic and social development of Europe. Commenting on the Commission's "Action Plan on Innovation", which should be complete by the end of the year, Mrs. Cresson expressed the hope that this will set the foundations for a much more fertile environment for innovation in Europe in the century to come.
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