This report from Nesta and the Lisbon Council sets out a seven-point plan for making Europe the best place in the world to innovate. It builds on Nesta's influential Plan I for the UK.
- Complete the single market (particularly for digital business, telecoms and services)
- Make public innovation funding bold, experimental and open to all
- Build 21st century infrastructure (including superfast broadband and smart grids)
- Educate a technology-savvy workforce
- Embrace social innovation
- Make innovation open for EU citizens and the world
- Reform European institutions so they better support innovation
Innovation is a critical driver of growth and productivity, and if Europe's economic recovery is to be sustainably, innovation must be at its heart.
Europe has great strengths, and both businesses and places that lead the world. But to build on these strengths, policymakers need to embrace a broader vision of innovation - based not only on expanding research and development, but also recognises the role of high-growth businesses, innovation in services, social innovation and the power of digital technologies.
This report sets out seven recommendations that could be implemented by EU policymakers to improve the environment for innovation in Europe.
By taking a broader view of innovation, and implementing greater high-level ownership of the innovation agenda, Europe could become the best place in the world to innovate.
Plan I for Europe builds on Nesta's previous publication 'Plan I', which made recommendations for the UK, and our ongoing work on innovation policy.
Albert Bravo-Biosca, Louise Marston, Ann Mettler, Geoff Mulgan, Stian Westlake. Editor: Paul Hofheinz