The twin digital and green transitions, the intention of becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent while boosting Europe’s competitiveness, and the need to prepare for future crises are objectives that call for a renewed and transformative European R&I policy.
The core priorities of the digital and sustainable transitions are stronger priorities than before, showing a path to a Europe capable of preparing itself, protecting its citizens through transforming itself. This means putting forward the right incentives and actions that trigger investment and behavioural changes that will reduce the likelihood of future shocks and increase society’s resilience to them when they occur.
The Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on “The Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation” (ESIR) provides evidence-based policy advice to the Commission on how to develop a forward-looking and transformative R&I policy. The work of ESIR in this context, which has been manifested in a number of thought-provoking products will serve as the basis for the debates at this event.