Europe needs innovation more than ever before to support sustainable growth and create new jobs, to replace those lost in the crisis. To keep up with growing global competition, we must leave the comfort zone of business.

Looking ahead, Horizon 2020, the €80 billion investment programme for research and innovation after 2014, proposed by the European Commission at the end of last year, together with the new cohesion policy, will provide a further push to strengthen our Innovation Union.

Building on Europe’s assets – the skills and energy of its people, the innovative potential of its businesses, the huge scope for getting more out of the Single Market – the European Union and its Member States need to accelerate the necessary reforms to deliver on our common Europe 2020 agenda.
Our Innovation Union flagship initiative, a key pillar of our growth and jobs strategy, is about building bridges and pooling resources between European and national research and innovation systems, between public and private sectors, between the world of science and the world of business, between Europe and our international partners. It is about doing more, better and faster by removing the bottlenecks for innovative ideas to be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs. It is also about promoting excellence by training, attracting and retaining the best and the brightest from Europe and from outside Europe.

The Publication is divided in three chapters with high level contributions

  • Prospects and challenges: the framework of the development of science and innovation in Europe
  • Innovative sectors in Europe
  • Innovation: contributing to the construction of a sustainable and dynamic European economy.

The attached pdfs are the articles from our DG INFSO Deputy Director General Z. Stancic on The need for European cooperation in the strategic fields of innovation and Director Paul Timmers on the Innovation in care: a sound investment for the future - The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP). 

The publication was prepared by "The European Files" - it is available for purchase on the Publication's website.

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