My work in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy- To master economic and technological challenges
Economic development, the funding of innovation and research, as well as environmentally friendly energy production are fundamental questions for the European Union. These are dealt with by the committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). I am a full member and co-coordinator of ITRE, one of the most important committees of the European Union due to its far-reaching task fields. In nearly all areas, the Parliament share authority to decide on EU legislation proposed by the committee. Since 2019 its chairwoman is the Rumanian MEP Adina-Ioana Valean.
The ITRE committee deals with matters regarding EU industrial policies as well as funding of new technologies by small and medium-sized companies. In addition, the ITRE committee deals with questions regarding EU research policies, including the distribution and use of research results. This includes topics like ITER, a research project on nuclear fusion, Euratom and space travel policies. It is one of the biggest committees of the European Parliament.
More information on: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/itre/home.html
Fundamental questions regarding the development of our energy systems
In addition, issues regarding energy supply security and its efficiency are dealt with, as are issues on general energy politics, including the expansion of trans-European grids in the domains energy infrastructure, information society and telecommunications infrastructure.
These issues are also important for Brandenburg as a whole, but in particular for the Lausitz area, as we are talking about future developments in energy politics. It is important to me that a structural change takes place in the medium to long-term, also with regards to the population’s social and economic stability. (Hyperlink to: 4.2 Energy: The Challenge of Structural Change: Full power for Brandenburg
Research and innovation as a fundamental basis for economic development in Europe
The committee looks after numerous topics, which play a key role for Brandenburg, too.
The Horizon 2020 programme is a key topic in the ITRE committee. Horizon 2020 is an EU research programme, running from 2014-2020, with a budget of nearly €80 billion. It is the biggest research programme worldwide and it deals with topics regarding research and innovation.
More information can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
4.3 Research & Innovation: A drive forward for economic growth and social development
Another key topic of the work of the ITRE committee is the development and regulation of the EU digital domestic market. It is our task to take the right decisions to guarantee the required security for grids and information circulating in Europe. As a result, we expect to guarantee and improve smooth cooperation of the economy and the banks with the digital infrastructure like computers, mobile phones, the Internet, to protect the privacy of the EU population.