Europe's Green New Deal: Fueled by Innovation - A talk with Jean-Eric Paquet
menghini [at] berkeley.edu
Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission has proposed the European Green Deal, a highly ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from the sustainable green transition. Key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment. Supported by investments in green technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses, the Green Deal is expected to be a new EU growth strategy. This presentation will set out how research and innovation is going to be key to driving its progress. It will describe the new, mission-oriented approach to research foreseen in the European framework program 'Horizon Europe' as well as the measures being taken, through the European Innovation Council, to help turn Europe's scientific discoveries into businesses that will be part of a climate-neutral Europe.
Jean-Eric Paquet is the Director-General of Research and Innovation of the European Commission. He began his career in the European Commission in 1993 in the Directorate-General for Transport. In 1999 he joined the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Enlargement. In 2002 he became the Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Research.
Jean-Eric Paquet was EU Ambassador in Mauritania between 2004 and 2007. He returned to DG Transport in 2007 where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network policy. As Director for the “European Mobility Network” he was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy.
He joined DG Enlargement in 2013 where he took over the Directorate in charge of relations with Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and the Western Balkans. In 2015 he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission in charge of Policy Coordination and Better Regulation, dealing, inter alia with the European Semester for economic policy coordination, energy and climate-related policies, and social and employment policies.
He was appointed to his current position in 2018.