The aims of the Innovation Union
The Innovation Union is one of the 7 flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The Innovation Union plan contained over 30 action points and aimed to do 3 things
- make Europe into a world-class science performer
- remove obstacles to innovation like expensive patenting, market fragmentation, slow standard-setting and skills shortages
- revolutionise the way public and private sectors work together, notably through Innovation Partnerships between the European institutions, national and regional authorities and business.
State of the Innovation Union
These communications summarise progress at national and European levels towards achieving an Innovation Union and conclude by outlining areas where action is still needed.
Subsequent research and innovation policy
Open innovation, open science and open to the world are the 3 current main policy goals for EU research and innovation. They were set by Commissioner Carlos Moedas in 2015.