Industrial Innovation / KETs
The Innovation Union (IU) flagship initiative
Progress with the implementation of the contents of the Innovation Union (IU) flagship initiative by Directorate-General Enterprise & Industry in 2012:
- E-skills: Employment Package adopted in April 2012, and Coalition on E-skills and jobs (ENTR, CNECT, EAC & EMPL) actively working on relevant topics to develop and promote the necessary e-skills for innovation and competitiveness.
- Access to Finance: Publication of the Final report by the expert group on the matching of innovative firms with suitable investors. The recommendations are under consideration for implementation under COSME and Horizon 2020.
- Public procurement of Innovation: Launch of eight projects of cross-border groups of public procurers of innovative solutions with EUR 15 million support financed by CIP-EIP. Publication of the feasibility study "Future EU support to public procurement of innovative solutions" [2 MB] in February 2012. Furthermore, publication of guidance for procurers of innovative solutions in healthcare and sustainable construction. The support for public procurement of innovation will result in additional purchases of innovative solutions in various sectors and thus contributes to a faster market uptake of innovative European goods.
- Design: Final recommendations of the European Design Leadership Board [3 MB] received at the European Design Summit on 17.09.2012 with a view of using the potential of design for creation of growth and jobs. Launch of six projects under the European Design Innovation Initiative financed by CIP-EIP measures.
- IPR Knowledge Markets: Adoption of the Commission Staff Working Document SEC(2012)458 of 21.12.2012 entitled "Towards enhanced patent valorisation for growth and jobs" [203 KB] presenting an analysis of the major obstacles European companies face in valorising existing patents and outlining possible action to develop knowledge markets for patents.
- Social Innovation: Launch of the European Social Innovation Prize Competition on 01.10.2012 calling for innovative ideas to create opportunities for work.
- European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard (EPSIS): Preparation of the pilot European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard that will be published in early 2013 as the first EU-wide attempt to benchmark innovation in the public sector. EPSIS shows that public sector innovation makes it more likely that businesses have a strong innovation performance.
- Innovation Union Scoreboard: Presentation of the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 on07.02.2012 by Vice-President Tajani with Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn. Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 shows that the EU is slowly closing the innovation gap to the US and Japan. The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2012 will be presented in February 2013.
Key Enabling Technologies
26.06.2012: Communication “European strategy for Key Enabling Technologies – A bridge to growth and jobs ” [194 KB], COM(2012)341
General objectives: To promote the deployment of KETs-based products in EU industries and through them facilitate the renewal and modernisation of the EU’s industrial base and contribute to addressing grand societal challenges, such as healthy ageing, employment and competitiveness as well as the transition to a knowledge-based, low carbon and resource-efficient economy.
Specific objectives: Closing the innovation gap in KETs by: Promoting technological research; Promoting product demonstration activities, such as prototypes, pilot lines and demonstration activities.
Commission proposal Horizon 2020 Regulation: (1) to rebalance financial support to applied development research activities (pilot lines and demonstrator projects) in order to cross the "valley of death"; (2) to allocate EUR 6.7 billion in industrial capabilities for KETs.
Commission proposal European Regional Development Fund Regulation: (1) KETs identified as an investment priority for innovation financing; (2) structural funds can be used to finance projects that are much closer to the market, up to first production.
Commission proposal Common provisions Regulation: possible combined financing of KETs projects through Horizon 2020, structural funds and EIB loans will be enabled.
Supporting cluster analysis and cluster excellence at EU level
11.06.2012: Launch of the second phase of the European Cluster Observatoryon supporting emerging industries through clusters, including the establishment of the European Scoreboard for Clusters in Emerging Industries.
20.04.2012: Launch of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysisto assess cluster performance and certify excellent clusters at EU level. More than 300 cluster organisations have already received the bronze quality label and 10 of them the gold label of excellence.
01.09.2012: Launch of the European Foundation for Cluster Competitiveness to provide trainings to cluster managers. First trainings have been provided to 40 European participants from 11 to 14.12.2012.
Supporting cluster internationalisation for SMEs
01.09.2012: Launch of the second phase of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform to support cluster cooperation within and beyond the EU.
01.09.2012 and 01.11.2012: Launch of 2 additional projects to support European cluster consortia on international activities and explore the new concept of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships.
12-15.11.2012: Organisation of the first EU-Japan Cluster match making event in Tokyo.
27.11.2012: Promotion of international cooperation and cluster excellence with 4 South Mediterranean countries (under the EUROMED Innovative Entrepreneurs for Change initiative), and signature of two MoU between the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, with Tunisian (08.03.2012) and Moroccan (27.11.2012) public partners.
In 2012, the European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on e-invoicing [23 KB] (established with Commission Decision C(2010) 8467) continued its activities launched in 2011. Two meetings were held in Brussels in March and September 2012. In 2012, the Forum identified the remaining legal issues which prevent the exchange of e-invoices across border and agreed on good practices and drivers for the uptake of e- invoicing. The Group also collaborated with EUROSTAT to improve the statistical monitoring of e-invoicing and agreed to base interoperability on a reference “core” e-invoice model that should be adopted and standardised at European level.
The European e-Skills Week 2012was launched on 19 March by Vice-President Tajani.
The objectives of the European e-Skills Week 2012 (26 to 30 March) were to promote the EU e-skills strategy and raise awareness of the importance of ICT (information and communication technology) careers. Europe needs a larger talent pool in a context of growing shortages of highly-qualified ICT professionals. The campaign was a success, with a total of over 130 million touch points through a combination of events, training and media activities.
37 countries covered
294 Stakeholders (including 27 Pan-European ones)
more than 1.800.000 participants in 2,335 events
The European e-Skills Week is a multi-stakeholder campaign including educational institutions, public bodies, NGOs, associations and industry working together. Based on the results of an external evaluation, over 80% of respondents agreed that the campaign had a positive impact and two thirds of the young respondents said that their knowledge and understanding of e-skills-related careers had improved and
that they may consider pursuing such a career.