Saturday, October 16, 2010

Countering Europe's innovation emergency

Photo: EU Commission

"If we do not transform Europe into an Innovation Union, our economies will wither on the vine while ideas and talent go to waste." Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Antonio Tajani

On 6th October, Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn launched the European Commission's new strategy for innovation. Called, 'Innovation Union', the strategy will sit as a 'flagship' within 'Europe 2020', the Commission's replacement for the Lisbon Agenda.

The launch is very gratifying as the strategy for the first time has design included as an important ingredient at the European level. When presenting the Innovation Union to the press, Tajani emphasised design as a European strength and important driver of innovation.

The Innovation Union recognises design as a key innovation discipline and activity to bring ideas to the market, and announces the launching of a European Design Leadership Board in 2011 that will be invited to make proposals within a year to enhance the role of design in innovation policy.

Information on the strategy is at the website and the press release and text give further details.

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