Commissioner Moedas stresses role of science as a "common language"
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, highlighted the constructive role science can play in bringing together countries which are in conflict with each other. Speaking at a conference on collaboration between the EU and neighbouring countries at the European Parliament in Brussels on 31 March 2015, the Commissioner said that "Science is really a common language around the table".
To illustrate this statement, the Commissioner quoted the SESAME project as an example. SESAME is a particle accelerator in Jordan that is being built with the support of other countries in the region, including Israel and Palestine. He also emphasised the significance of Ukraine's recent accession to Horizon 2020 for Ukrainian scientists, and the importance of science diplomacy in addressing issues which cross borders, such as water security, saying "We all live from the same earth, and we all drink from the same water cycles, we need our neighbours to be close partners in this challenge."
The event was the first of its kind where ITRE, the European Parliament's research committee, and AFET, the EP committee on foreign affairs, met jointly to discuss research issues.
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