What Innovation Deals are

Innovation Deals are voluntary cooperation agreements between the EU, innovators, and national, regional and local authorities.

The objective of an Innovation Deal is to gain an in-depth understanding of how an EU rule or regulation works in practice. 

If the rule or regulation is found to be an obstacle to innovations, the deal will make it visible and feed into possible further action.

Background to Innovation Deals

The Commission Communication Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the Circular Economy introduced the concept of Innovation Deals.

They help to form a more modern and responsive administration in line with the Commission's Better Regulation Agenda.

They are inspired by the Green Deal Programme in the Netherlands, where a large number of Green Deals are successfully supporting the national Green Growth policy by providing regulatory clarity.

The Commission does not fund the preparation or implementation of Innovation Deals. 

Innovation Deals in practice

A call for the expressions of interest for Innovation Deals on Circular Economy was open beween May and September 2016.

Any innovators who wanted to introduce a circular economy-related product or service to the market but encountered a perceived regulatory obstacle was invited to apply.

The evaluation process finished in late 2016 and the implementation of the selected Innovation Deals began in early 2017. 

The Innovation Deals process will be evaluated in 2018.

Timeline

  • 26 May 2016

    Opening of the call for EOI

  • 15 September 2016

    Closing of the call for EOI

  • October – December 2016

    Selection of IDs

  • beginning of 2017

    Signature of IDs

  • mid 2018

    Evaluation of the pilot

Signed Innovation Deals

News

Commission addresses regulatory barriers to innovation by signing second Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles
News12 March 2018

Commission addresses regulatory barriers to innovation by signing second Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles

Signing of 2nd Innovation deal with eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands.

European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse
News4 July 2017

European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse

The EC and 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, innovators and end-users take concrete steps to address barriers to innovation

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