Brussels: Exhibition launch by Emer Costello "Dublin as a 'Smart, Connected and Sustainable City"
MEP Emer Costello last night launched an exhibition of Dublin as a 'Smart, Connected and Sustainable City' at the European Parliament in Brussels.The exhibition, opened by European Commissioner for Innovation and Research, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, comes ahead of Horizon 2020, an €80bn EU research and innovation programme due to begin next year.
"As MEP for Dublin, I wanted to use the opportunity of the Ireland's Presidency to showcase Dublin as an innovation hub and an outward and forward looking city. Silicon Republic recently branded Dublin as the Internet Capital of Europe, due to the large number of IT companies originating from or based in Dublin.
"It is important to build on this success- technology is ever changing and we need to be ready to respond to this challenge. This conference will bring together policy makers, scientists and industry representatives from across the world. I hope that some of these contacts will lead to concrete funding streams from Horizon 2020 when it comes online next year. For each exhibitor present, important networks will be developed.
"This very much ties in with the theme of Irish Presidency - Stability, Jobs and Growth. Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel, said during a visit to Dublin that 'a smart environment where smart people and smart ideas can thrive is essential'. We hope to persuade European innovators and legislators this week that Dublin is best placed to provide that smart environment."