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11/26/2021 | Press release | Archived content

Morant backs the Pact for Research and Innovation to boost EU leadership in R&D

Morant argued that this agreement will help coordinate the science and innovation policies of the Member States and help the European Union regain its leadership in these areas.

Under this European pact, Member States commit themselves to establishing investments and reforms, priority areas for joint actions, a set of principles for collaboration and a simplified process for coordinating and monitoring research and innovation policies. During her speech in Brussels, Minister Diana Morant stressed that the agreement will enable "a further step forwards in the coordination of all joint policies through co-creation and co-design".

The new governance of the European Research Area (ERA) was another issue on the agenda of the Competitiveness Council. Ministers highlighted the ERA modernisation process launched in 2018 to boost investment in research and innovation for a green and digital future, increase the mobility of and support for researchers, and promote gender equality.

In this respect, Morant recalled that the new ERA will be fundamental in defining the priority actions that the Member States will have to develop jointly "to achieve a better future that leaves no one behind".

In Brussels, the minister also defended Spain's commitment to R&D through European funds and the General State Budget for 2022. "In Spain we have committed to research and innovation as a lever for transformation, providing our budget with the largest investment in its history," added Morant.

During her visit to Brussels, Morant explained that Spain, making use of European recovery funds, is implementing major strategic projects in priority areas that will transform our economy through collaboration in R&D between different levels of public administration and the private sector. One of these projects, coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, is the PERTE for Leading Healthcare, which has a budget of 1.469 billion euros until 2023 to transform the health system.

Another theme of the meeting was European cooperation in space and the financing and long-term sustainable development of a "new space", in which new actors, such as private companies, are playing an increasingly important role. This "new space" comprises innovations and business models in the space sector.

For the first time since taking up the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Minister Diana Morant has participated in the Space Council. During her speech, she stressed that the "new space" means "a democratisation of access to space activities and a greater permeability between the space domain and other technical and industrial areas".

With regard to Spain's contribution to the space sector, Morant explained that the Ministry of Science and Innovation is working on the Strategic Project for the Aerospace sector, the aim of which is to establish a space technology programme that will generate new innovative and industrial capacities of its own.

"We also finance the 'new space' activity from our Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which has instruments such as credits to promote business R&D", added Morant.

The minister detailed that the results of CDTI funding can already be seen in multiple projects and companies, such as the launch of the first Spanish microsatellites rockets (MIURA-1) scheduled for next year.

The Minister of Science and Innovation also held a bilateral meeting in Brussels with her Portuguese counterpart, Manuel Heitor, to discuss issues of common interest and to make progress on the bilateral cooperation agenda in science and innovation, specifically in aerospace.

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