Innovative companies do much better in times of crisis

In an article published this week (in German only), Bernhard Dachs from the Austrian Institute for Technology and Bettina Peters from the Zentrum fur Europaische Wirtschaft (ZEW) make the case for investing in innovation as a means for recovery. Past crises show that pro-cyclical companies tend to reduce their R&D during a recession. Main reasons are uncertainties for the future and a doubt whether new and innovative products will be in demand during and just after a crisis. However, the companies that see the crisis as an opportunity increase their spending in innovation (about one third of the German companies increased their innovation spending during the financial crisis in 2008/09).… Read More

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The role of R&I in the Recovery Plan – Letter to European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen

Research and Innovation actors from the public, private and academic sectors represented by the Knowledge4Innovation Forum in the European Parliament, addressed a letter to the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasizing the important role of research & innovation to solve major problems not only in the recovery plan but in the EU’s long-term strategy. An ambition that needs to be mirrored in the next Multiannual Financial Framework, with a strong budget for Horizon Europe. “This is the time to start developing a better, more sustainable and highly innovative Europe, one that will be more robust than at the start of this crisis.” In view of the upcoming recovery… Read More

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Innovation to be central in EU recovery plan

The K4I Governing Board meeting showed large agreement on the central role of innovation in the recovery pan of the EU. Not only can innovation push faster and better recovery of the hard companies, but the crisis also offers an opportunity to accelerate the policy agenda’s of the Green Deal and the Digital Transformation. In the meeting chaired by Ms Maria da Graça CARVALHO several aspects of the recovery plan were discussed. MEP’s Lina GALVEZ MUÑOZ, Marian-Jean MARINESCU, Seán KELLY, Susana SOLÍS PÉREZ, Franc Bogovič, Victor Negrescu and Sirpa Pietikainen all shared their views and concerns on the topic, as did the K4I members. Meetings notes will be published soon.… Read More

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Digital Transformation: EU Sovereignty

Digital sovereignty for the EU was the main topic of debate during the Digital Transformation session at the 11th European Innovation Summit. Hosted by MEP’s Ms Solis and Mr Benifei, the expert panelists discussed the importance of digital sovereignty both form a technical and sectoral perspective. The EU needs to ensure independence of other regions and countries when it comes to technologies that are critical for economic, social, societal and ethical developments, in other words to protect the European values and allow Europe to make the choices it wants. The EU needs leadership in some, but not all of these areas. It needs to have the abiliity to keep and… Read More

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Register now for the working groups

The registration for the working groups is now open. You can register for one or several working groups and more people of your organisation can register. The working groups will each have a few online meetings and two physical meeting on 21st of January of 2020 during a breakfast meeting at the European Parliament, and the 11th European Innovation Summit, also at the EP. it is important that as many stakeholders as possible actively engage in the debate. The working groups will guide the activities of the ‘K4I Community’ during the life time of Horizon Europe is on the one side an opportunity for the K4I Community members  to exchange knowledge across… Read More

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Innovation in Horizon Europe

“The reason why we need the EIC is because it provides support during a crucial phase of new technology and business development where the private sector is not ready to invest even if there is backing from public funding. Currently there are no instruments in Europe that address this particular issue. EIC support is about helping to make companies attractive for private investors.” Jean David Malo, EIC Task Force Director, DG R&I, European Commission For more detailed information about the meeting please contact the K4I Secretariat.

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