Demand-side innovation policies support and increase the uptake of innovations in society. They can involve legislation increasing consumer confidence in innovative products, safety regulations, standards, or public procurement. These demand-side tools complement supply-side policy tools such as public funding schemes. Creating effective links between demand-side and supply-side tools can improve the efficiency of the innovative system.
To boost the demand for innovations, the European Commission launched an Action Plan in 2012. The Action Plan was announced in the Communication, 'A Stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery' and consists of three phases:
In 2014, six projects for developing the strategic roadmap to foster the uptake of innovations began:
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