The European Commission hosted the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) conference ‘Smart Cities and Communities: Leading the Way in Making Europe’s Cities Smarter’ in Brussels on 26 November 2013. Participants included city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders who met to discuss how to implement the actions outlined in the (SIP). As a result, the Commission announced that in spring 2014 it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities.
Raw materials are the lifeblood of EU industry. At least 30 million jobs in the EU depend upon access to them. But we face increasing demand for unprocessed minerals and metals and, in parallel, strong challenges to the supply of certain raw materials, including price volatility and market distortions.
Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg are the EU Member States getting the most out of innovation, according to a new indicator proposed by the European Commission. The "Indicator of Innovation Output" measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. The indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders to benchmark national innovation policies, and shows that significant differences remain between EU countries.
The European Commission has today started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward the city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”, connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business. Given that 68% of the EU population now lives in urban areas, it is these areas that will contribute the most to making Europe more innovative.
European Commission has launched the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, bringing together Member States and other stakeholders to help make Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020. To this end, the Commission proposes concrete targets to be achieved by 2020 to reduce Europe's dependency on imported raw materials, to replace rare materials with substitutes and to set up innovative pilot actions, e.g. pilot plants for exploration, mining, processing, collecting and recycling.
Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published 6th November, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard.
In 28. September 2012 the Stakeholders workshop is held. The workshop is an initial meeting of the project EMInInn (Environmental Macro Indicators of Innovation). It will take place in Brussels in Sweden representation office.
The European Commission proposed on 14 May 2012 a new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. The partnership will bring together all relevant actors across borders and sectors to accelerate the development and uptake of innovative solutions to address water challenges. The partnership will gather all relevant stakeholders, such as the water sector, small and medium sized enterprises, the research community, local governments, water-using industries, and the financial sector. It will focus on urban, rural and industrial water management, and several cross cutting themes.