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Greece : Speech of ANP of Research and Innovation Kostas Fotakis at the conference of the Energy Committee of the Academy of Athens at the Institute of Biomedical Research on "Research in the Energy Sector in Greece".

The speech of the Deputy Minister is as follows: "The issue of Energy has two key aspects: it determines to a large extent the position of countries in the global division of labor and on the other hand it affects the quality of life through the impact on the environment and the climate and climate change.

Inevitably, Scientific Research in the Energy Sector addresses both of these aspects and is a brilliant example of the new development model we are making for the country. At the heart of this model is the Knowledge Economy, Knowledge-Based Economy that emerges from Scientific Research.

The emphasis that has been given since the beginning of this governance on this new development model is demonstrated by the over-doubling of public spending on Research. Thus, in 2017, according to preliminary ESF figures, total R & D expenditure for the first time exceeded 2 billion, equivalent to 1.14% of GDP. Indeed, it is important to note that the private sector's contribution to this increase was mainly due mainly to corporate revenue. This can be attributed to the positive outlook for the Greek economy.

Our approach to the Knowledge Economy is based on two pillars: 1) Strengthening Demand-Related Research and addressing market needs with immediate and visible results; b) Supporting Research from scientific curiosity and contributing significantly to transformation of the economy.

Our research policy is implemented through three cycles of action: Potential Assistance Actions, Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship, Emblematic actions that highlight the role of Science in Society.

The first round includes actions to strengthen the country's human resources and research infrastructures. These actions focus on halting the phenomenon of unilateral flight of scientists abroad, brain drain, which has particularly affected the country's specialized scientific potential during the crisis.

The creation of ELIDEK was a key tool to address the phenomenon. Characteristically, from 2017, ELIDEK's actions are supported by new scientists active in the energy sector with the amount of 5m. while the results of several notices are expected.

Accordingly, eight National Infrastructure and Energy related infrastructures are supported in the National Research Infrastructure program with a total of 41.5 million. The second cycle of actions focuses on strengthening innovative entrepreneurship.

From the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) program "Research - I create - Innovate" the GSRT Special Service, 360 million was spent in the first phase for collaborative projects between enterprises with HEIs and ECs. Of this amount, 27 million relates to energy related projects such as Renewable Energy Sources and their energy efficiency, energy storage and energy networks. Of the same program, 40 million was allocated to the Environment and Sustainable Development, of which 5. million is specific to climate change.

The second phase of GSRT's program "Research - I create - Innovate", which is the announcement, includes the strengthening of R & D departments of Innovative Enterprises. More generally, attracting international R & D businesses such as Tesla is a targeting. The promotion of electrification in Greece can be a springboard for the presence of such companies.

In State Emblematic Actions designed and implemented, a National Network for the Study of Climate Change is being developed with a total funding of 20 million. and the Athens Observatory. This includes the supply of a modern ship for marine research by HCMR.

Finally, in collaboration with the RIS, an Institute of Petroleum Research, which will belong to FORTH, will be established and will operate at the Technical University of Crete for the detection, identification and exploitation of hydrocarbon deposits and the study of the environmental impacts of the above activities.

All of this constitutes a systematic and holistic approach of the State to the critical area of ??Environmental Research and Climate Change, so that the country is ready to face the emerging challenges by improving its position on the global energy map.

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Date:Dec 4, 2018
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