Five pillars of the European Innovation Agenda unveiled

Mariya Gabriel, European research and innovation commissioner, has for the first time officially unveiled the outline of the European Innovation Agenda, one of her key initiatives as commissioner, following a year and a half of drafting and consultations with start-ups, investors and industry, writes Goda Naujokaityte for Science|Business.

The five pillars of the agenda are to: foster deep tech innovation; create innovator networks across Europe; attract talent; draw in investors; and revamp policies to promote innovation. In May, Science|Business leaked a draft copy of the upcoming communication.

“I think the new innovation agenda will be a watershed moment for the EU’s future, and as a result a new generation of deep tech innovators will have a springboard in Europe,” Gabriel told the first European Innovation Agenda summit held at the European Parliament. While it sets out high ambitions and proposes some new initiatives, the agenda largely depends on innovators and policy-makers buying into it. In her speech on Wednesday 29 June, Gabriel made it clear she expects the innovation community to help deliver.
Full report on the Science|Business site