Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Budapest (HU) - 05/04/11
Conference: "Towards an Open and Competitive Economy: Examining the Roots of Innovation"
The Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the National Innovation Office together with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre organised a conference entitled "Towards an Open and Competitive Economy". This conference, held under the auspices of the Hungarian EU Presidency, took place in Budapest on 5 April 2011 in Budapest in the premises of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy, as the Europe 2020 strategy states. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The aim of the conference was to showcase how science provides integrated socio-economic and policy support to the macroeconomic policies, the structural reform agenda and the employment, education and skills agenda. During the conference policy makers, representatives from industry and science community shared experiences at Member State and European level on how to better define policy options aiming at promoting innovation and competitiveness.
The talks highlighted areas of science contributing to different stages of the policy cycle (policy definition/description, implementation, monitoring and evaluation). Examples included: defining useful indicators for measuring innovation and competitiveness, the challenge to capture and quantify the economic value of the digital economy or the complexity of modelling the contribution of diverse factors to regional innovation.
The conference concluded with an open discussion on how to contribute to Europe's growth strategy for the coming decade.