Closed innovation systems, which relied solely on industry for their research, are a thing of the past.
The EPP Group workshop at OPEN DAYS therefore aimed to stress that a successful innovation policy for the twenty-first century must embrace an environment of open innovation where collaborative networks, online communities and clusters can all play a role in smart specialisation strategies. Speakers debated the trend towards digital entrepreneurs, which have been described as the missing link between Europe's Innovation Union and Digital Agenda flagship initiatives.
EPP Group seminar at OPEN DAYS 2012
10 October 2012, 14.30 - 17.00
JDE52, Committee of the Regions
Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group, Dr. Dimitris Corpakis and Katja Reppel, European Commission, Markku Markkula, Head of the EPP Group Task Force on Europe 2020, Constance Hanniffy, EPP Group Vice-President and experts from business and academia.
There is a widely-shared consensus that mobilising the innovation potentialof all regions and cities is the way towards achieving the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The seminar will therefore focus on the role of regional policy in developing innovative ecosystems.
By debating in the specially designed 'EPP CoR virtual world', participants will be able to collaborate in the process of drawing up lists of recommendations for EU actors in the field.