Commission sets-up High-Level Group led by Pascal Lamy to formulate vision for future EU research and innovation

Today, the European Commission has announced the 12 members of the new High-Level Group that will formulate a vision for future EU research and innovation and make recommendations on maximising the impact of EU investments in this area. The group will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “We face economic uncertainty and societal challenges but also promising opportunities in Europe. So it is vital to get even greater impact from EU funding for research and innovation, for everyone’s benefit. With a wide range of expertise and experience, I am confident that the new High Level Group will provide us with a bold vision for EU research and innovation in the future.” Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and former Commissioner for Trade, said: “I am honoured to lead the Group’s work on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation. I believe that these are crucial for our future prosperity and to solving our biggest challenges, and areas where the EU can demonstrate that we do better together than on our own and that we can exert global leadership.” The High-Level Group brings together leading personalities from across Europe with a wide range of expertise in both the private and public sector. The members were selected by a public call for expression of interest, with the aim of ensuring high-level professional experience and a good balance in terms of skills, experience, knowledge, geographical diversity, gender and age.