Coordinated research and innovation actions across the EU to reinforce the fight against COVID-19
The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised an informal videoconference of EU research ministers to discuss joint research and innovation response to COVID-19.
The videoconference chaired by Blaženka Divjak, Minister of Research and Education of the Republic of Croatia was also attended by the EU Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth, Mariya Gabriel.
“Reaching out to our researchers and innovators in the fight against the COVID-19 has never been more crucial in our lifetime. Today’s discussions prove that we are all determined to coordinate our actions aimed at optimising the conditions in which our scientists work for our collective wellbeing.”
Blaženka Divjak, Minister of Science and Education of Croatia
The crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on our health systems, societies and economies. Research and innovation are called upon to play an important role in overcoming this crisis. Only with the help of research and our scientists will we be able to answer a series of current global challenges – from the discovery of the vaccine to saving our economies to recover in shortest possible timeframe. More than ever, scientists have become irreplaceable advisors to decision-makers in a number of areas, from health to education and economy.