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Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas

News Alert of 4 May 2016
Excellent response to call for ideas on European Innovation Council

More than 1000 replies and 170 supporting documents were submitted in response to the European Commission's call for ideas on a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators.

A first analysis shows that over 80% of respondents agree or strongly agree that the lack of disruptive market-creating innovation is an obstacle to growth in Europe. Many commented that although there is a wealth of good ideas and skilled people and many promising start-ups, companies are struggling to scale up.

Read the full text of the news alert.

On 16 February, the European Commission launched a public consultation to gather ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators. This call closed on 29 April and the European Commission will now analyse the replies.

You can read some of the position papers we’ve received on the ‘Your ideas’ page and initial results of the call for ideas will be published here soon.

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to integrate an innovation component into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be difficult to navigate, and lacks the flexibility and responsiveness that disruptive innovation requires.

Commissioner Moedas launched the Call for Ideas at the Science|Business Annual Conference in Brussels. He said that "Europe has excellent science, but we lack disruptive market-creating innovation. This is what is needed to turn our best ideas into new jobs, businesses and opportunities." While the number of start-ups created in Europe is on a par with competitors such as the United States, Europe lags behind in disruptive innovation and in scaling start-ups into world-beating businesses. A European Innovation Council could contribute to solving this problem.


‘Sound bites’ from the EIC survey

Here are just some of the interesting comments submitted via the survey.

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