response to the Lisbon declaration, he said, the EU is now taking seriously the need for more effective technology translation.
In addition, he said, both countries would have to prepare for possible new security challenges in the 21st century, such as asymmetric threats. Given the importance of foreign trade and the vulnerability of critical infrastructures, a U.S.-German agreement on cooperation in civil security research was signed in March 2009. It was designed to produce mutual benefits on issues such as visual analytics, cargo security, and detection of hazardous substances. Similar collaboration is under way in climate change research.
Dr. Hoyer concluded by urging even greater cooperation in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, which he called “one of the most decisive markets of the future. The United States and Germany are in a perfect position to lead the development of these markets. If we pool our resources and creativity, the breakthrough of renewable energies worldwide will make our world more secure, more affluent, will help the environment, and create thousands of new jobs in both our countries.”