This (event) is a unique occasion to jointly reflect on our future. After all, a continent does not wake up every morning and asks itself difficult questions about where it wants to be in 30 years, how it wants to get there, what kind of legacy it will pass on to the next generations, and what kind of economy and society it will leave behind. We always tend to have more urgent tasks, closer objectives, lower hanging fruits, and quicker wins. There's always 'someone else' to think about the longer term. -- Maroš Šefčovič, The EU's Vision of a modern, clean and competitive economy, Brussels, 10 July 2018
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-09-01
This year, I do not want to talk only about the space industry per se but about all other industries - enabled by space. The digital market depends on Galileo’s geo-localisation services Copernicus allows to track the shipment of goods along European highways thanks to satellites’ imagery. It therefore enhances the integration of the internal market. The safety of our aviation industry is much owed to the EGNOS technology. 2017 was the safest year in aviation history, despite more difficult weather conditions of recent years. EGNOS V3 will increase even more the precision in and around Europe. Our security and the way we defend our borders, track migration patterns and provide emergency aid in remote areas - are all significantly reinforced by space services I haven't even mentioned the contribution of satellites to our financial services which now have a precise stamping time on transactions. I could go on and on but you see my point. We speak about space as an industry where it definitely has its own merits. But we should always remind ourselves that space is an enabler to practically all other industries. That is my first message for you today. -- Maroš Šefčovič, 10th annual conference on European Space Policy, 23 January 2018.
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-01-26
The road from Paris is equally challenging as the road to Paris. -- Maroš Šefčovič, COP 23, 11 November 2017
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-11-25
I therefore urge and encourage you to continue! Bang on every table, march on every street, speak to every decision-maker. Petition, write letters, and advocate. Speak to the hearts and minds of Europeans and to citizens of the rest of the world. Make them as aware and alert as we are that climate has no more time to wait. That the Paris Agreement has no more time to wait. That ratification happened a year ago and implementation must start now! Thank you very much. -- Maroš Šefčovič, COP 23, 11 November 2017
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-11-25
We see developments in technology which a few years ago were considered to be science fiction. The power of computing has accelerated by the factor 2 a year which leads to unimaginable exponential growth. A striking example I heard recently is that of a supercomputer built by the American government in 1996. It was the world's fastest supercomputer and cost $ 55 mio. Nine years later another computer reached the same speed, but cost only $ 500. This was Sony's PlayStation 3. -- Maroš Šefčovič, Bundesverbandes der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Congress 2016, 8 June 2016
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-06-26
Change is happening before our eyes at an alarming pace. It is up to us to take action before it is too late. But addressing climate change is not only about saving our planet. It is also about saving ourselves from poverty, unemployment, war, and oppression. Why? Because the rise in temperatures creates an entire range of effects; from floods to heatwaves and wildfires; from new diseases and health hazards to draughts and food shortage, from extinction of animals to entire populations fleeing their territories in search of liveable conditions. We cannot simply watch this happen. Vice-President Šefčovič, 1 July 2015, World Summit of Climate and Territories
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
I believe a society is not measured only by its most successful researchers and entrepreneurs. A society is also measured by its ability to care for its weakest and most vulnerable. And that is why all throughout our efforts to grow the economy, transform our technologies, and smarten our systems - we must constantly stop, look back and see if anyone was left behind. (…) If over 10% of European households cannot afford to heat their homes properly, we must do more. If pensioners have to sleep in the kitchen, because this is the only warm place in the house; if children cannot do their homework because their family was disconnected from electricity, or if people fall sick or die early because they cannot heat or cool their homes, then our efforts clearly have not been enough. Vice-President Šefčovič, Launch Event Task Force on Energy Poverty, 26 January 2016
Maroš Šefčovič
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09