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Minister Liina Kersna: Estonia is ready to take on a greater role and more responsibility in European research cooperation

5. May 2021 - 9:00

In opening the conference of Horizon Europe, a framework programme of the European Union, Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna said that the high level of Estonian research allows the country to contribute to European and global research cooperation. She also said that the country should not be afraid to take the lead in forming consortia and coordinating projects.

Minister Kersna remarked that it is up to the people of Estonia how successful the new Horizon framework programme will be for the country. “In many areas, our researchers have achieved a level that would allow us to be one of the leading countries in Europe, such as in the development of e-government solutions, the application of gene technology or the environmental sciences,” she said. “We should not be afraid to take the lead in forming consortia and coordinating projects and we should take more responsibility in setting the European agenda for research and development as well. It is a big undertaking, but we as a country are ready to make the effort.”

Minister Kersna said that the new framework programme prioritises the convergence of efforts in the name of goals that society can get behind. “Participation in the Horizon programme provides the country, research institutions and companies with a good opportunity to work together to strengthen those areas in which Estonia can’t get by with just its own resources,“ she explained. “I’m pleased that the new programme period increases the opportunity to get more non-scientific target groups involved, such as local governments, civil society organisations and NGOs. At the same time, it is important to maintain everything that Estonia has already achieved – largely with the help of external resources.“

Minister Kersna expressed her hope that the new Horizon framework programme would help Estonia move towards knowledge-based politics, and encouraged people to think what the state and all parties could do to further improve cooperation in generating knowledge and solutions that will benefit not just Estonia, but the entire world.

The opening conference of Horizon Europe 2021-2027 was organised by the Estonian Research Council and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research yesterday.

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