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Saturday, 30th January 2016

State of the Innovation Union 2015

Source: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (EU)

From Executive Summary:

The Innovation Union was launched in 2010 as a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy to build on Europe’s strengths and address its weaknesses with respect to innovation and thereby make Europe more competitive in times of budgetary constraints, demographic change and increased global competition.

To this end, the Innovation Union introduced a more strategic and broad approach to innovation by including actions that aimed to tackle both the supply and demand side elements of the innovation eco-system: the public sector, businesses, academia and finance. It equally assigned responsibilities and actions among the actors with the ability to shape the framework conditions for innovation, from the European Commission to Member States and Regional Governments, as well as other relevant stakeholders...

This brochure takes stock of the progress achieved, identifies open issues and sets out next steps under each of the six building blocks: Strengthening the knowledge base and reducing fragmentation; Getting good ideas to market; Maximising social and territorial cohesion; Pooling forces to achieve breakthroughs: European Innovation Partnerships; Leveraging our policies externally; and Making it happen. To deliver on these blocks, 34 specific commitments for action were made in the Innovation Union.

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