Despite the financial crisis, the European Commission has communicated some crucial agenda points for an innovative union:
- EU and member states need to continue to invest in education, R&D, innovation and ICT.
- Those investments should be performed hand in hand with reforms to get more value for money and tackle fragmentation.
- Our education systems at all levels should be modernized.
- Researchers and innovators must be able to work and to cooperate across the EU as easily as within national borders.
- Access to EU programmes must be simplified and their leverage effect on private sector investment enhanced, with the support of the European Investment Bank.
- We need to get more innovation out of our research.
- Remaining barriers for entrepreneurs to bring 'ideas to market' must be removed (better access to finance, affordable Intellectual Property rights etc.)
- European Innovation Partnerships should be launched to accelerate research, development and market deployment of innovations to tackle major societal challenges...
- Our strengths in design and creativity must be better exploited.
- We need to work better with our international partners.
What an exciting agenda :-) !! The full document can be downloaded here.