The European Commission proposed a renewed European Agenda for Research and Innovation (R&I), setting out  concrete actions to deepen Europe’s innovation capability and provide lasting prosperity.

EPP European Committee of the Regions Rapporteur, Birgitta Sacredeus, believes that a new approach to research and innovation (R&I) is needed that requires a joint approach between regions, Member States and the Commission. She wishes that the new agenda can trigger a wide-ranging debate concerning the relationship between research and innovation and society.

Ms Sacredeus points to the need for a broader definition and understanding of research and innovation ecosystems. “I believe that making more strategic use of local and regional innovation ecosystems, and putting more emphasis on and taking more advantage of the complex collaborative research and innovation processes developed through quadruple and quintuple helix structures within those ecosystems, is the key to success“.

Local and regional authorities should be involved in designing and managing research and innovation programmes and they must be involved in the European Innovation Council alongside representatives from academia and business and that local and regional stakeholders.

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