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Europe's moon landing initiative - Does Europe have a big vision?


Europe's moon landing initiative - Does Europe have a big vision?


This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon. Kennedy's vision at the beginning of the 60s gave the US a goal to strive for and work towards. It brought together parts of American society in a common cause to further expand the frontier mentality Americans are known for. It shaped the dreams of a whole generation.

For historians, the Apollo programme was a “turning point” in the country’s history. It was the basis for US tech leadership in the following decades (computing, electronics, miniaturisation…). Congress estimated there was an economic return of seven dollars for every dollar invested.

Pointing to the experience of the US moon-landing project, EU Research Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, has said Europe needs “a couple of good missions… inspiring for taxpayers”.

Is there a similar idea powerful enough to inspire Europeans? What project could radically transform our economy and, at the same time, address our structural weaknesses? Something radical in the field of energy, transport, healthcare, agriculture?

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Commissioner Conversation to discuss whether Europe can agree on a big vision that will help unite it whilst creating valuable spin-offs for all Europeans.


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EURACTIV Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission


Jorge Valero, Editor, Economy & Jobs Hub, EURACTIV


12:00 – 12:30 Registration and Networking lunch
12:30 – 14:00 Conversation and Q&A


Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0) 2 788 36 93