Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Innovation & Investment Working Group.

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Gabriele Pedrini

The Autonomous Province of Trento

Innovation & Investment WG Leader

Leader

Marie Vaugeois

Occitanie Europe

Wim De Kinderen

Leader

Wim De Kinderen

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Siri Raahede Bentzen

Leader

Siri Raahede Bentzen

South Denmark

Loles Vidal

Leader

Loles Vidal

Generalitat Valenciana

Innovation & Investment

As stated in the mission letter by Ms Ursula Von Der Leyen to the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Mr Thierry Breton, “Europe’s industry provides a livelihood for millions, and is a driver of jobs, growth and competitiveness”. However, only a single market in line with the social market approach, which ensures its adaptation to the modern economy and to new business models, will allow the EU’s industry, small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow, scale-up and employ more people.


The Innovation & Investment Working Group aims to monitor the main initiatives put in place by the European institutions under the priority “an economy that works for the people” and more specifically targeting SMEs, which have a key role in thriving regional innovation ecosystems as they represent 99% of all businesses and account for 85% of new jobs created in the last five years.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

European Innovation Council

I&I WG: Exploring the European Innovation Council

Ilaria d'Auria

Following the successful European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot phase, the fully-fledged EIC will be launched in early 2021 under Horizon Europe. Equipped with a budget of €10 billion, it will

Innovation & Investment

I&I WG webinar: Opportunities for innovative SMEs in the new programming period

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The next programming period 2021-2027 foresees new financial opportunities for European SMEs. InvestEU, being one of them, will build on the model of Investment Plan for Europe and will bring

Energy

Webinar: Financing green transition

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the event will be organised as a webinar. We thank you in advance for your understanding. Please register via this link. If you have already signed up, you

WG Events

WG Events

European Week of Regions and Cities 2021

The 19th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place as a mostly digital event this October under the theme 'Together for Recovery.' Apply to become an event partner by 26 March 2021.

European Research and Innovation Days 2021

The 2021 edition of the European Research and Innovation Days will take place as an online event this coming June.

ETHNA System workshop: Research and innovation in and for a good society

The ETHNA System project partners will use this workshop to present their findings on the implementation of an RRI governance system and discuss outstanding questions with participants.

Launch of the InvestEU Programme

InvestEU will provide the EU with crucial long-term funding, crowding in private investment in support of sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and helping build a greener, more digital and more resilient European economy.

Launch of the new European Innovation Council

The launch of the new European Innovation Council will take place over two days on 18 and 19 March. The event will be organised to provide information about the vision of the EIC and what is behind its funding opportunities.

How to attract smart and agile SMEs?

DGGROW is organising a webinar where public buyers and innovative companies will share their views on how to attract smart and agile SMEs.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

EASME becomes EISMEA

EASME - the Executive Agency for SMEs - has transitioned into a new initiative called EISMEA - the European Innovation and SME Executive Agency. It will be responsible for SME support as well as innovation, single market, consumer policy and interregional innovation investments. 

EIC launches to develop and expand breakthrough innovations

The European Innovation Council has been launched with €10 billion for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations. It builds on the successful pilot programme in Horizon 2020.

Horizon Europe strategic plan 2021 - 2024 adopted

The European Commission has now adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe. The plan sets the strategic orientations for the research and innovation funding programme over its first four years.

Ten new European Partnerships proposed to fast-forward green and digital transitions

The European Commission has proposed to establish ten new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry with the aim of speeding up the twin transitions.

Now available: ERRIN priorities 2021 and Working Groups annual plans

Every year ERRIN defines workstreams to guide its work throughout the coming 12 months, closely linking to its core missions and indicating the crucial interests towards the EU R&I agenda. 

European Parliament approves €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility

The European Parliament has approved the Recovery and Resiliency Facility, which aims to ensure that European economies recover from the pandemic while preparing for a sustainable and digital future.

Latest Updates

  • By Ilari Havukainen

Search engine innovation platforms in East and North Finland

Regions of East and North Finland (ENF) collaborate to develop new approaches based on smart specialisation. One of the goals is to develop new practices that support companies in utilising the expertise and versatile network of innovation platforms in the ENF area. The innovation platforms in East and North Finland have been collected to the East and North Finland Industrial Transition website. The website contains almost 50 service providers, or the so-called innovation platforms. The purpose of the site is to provide information of the different services offered to companies across the seven regions of East and North Finland, and to encourage interregional and international collaboration.

  • By Hilary Webb

EASME becomes EISMEA

EASME - the Executive Agency for SMEs - has transitioned into a new initiative called EISMEA - the European Innovation and SME Executive Agency. It will be responsible for SME support as well as innovation, single market, consumer policy and interregional innovation investments. 

  • By Hilary Webb

EIC launches to develop and expand breakthrough innovations

The European Innovation Council has been launched with €10 billion for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations. It builds on the successful pilot programme in Horizon 2020.

  • By Hilary Webb

Horizon Europe strategic plan 2021 - 2024 adopted

The European Commission has now adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe. The plan sets the strategic orientations for the research and innovation funding programme over its first four years.

  • By Hilary Webb

Ten new European Partnerships proposed to fast-forward green and digital transitions

The European Commission has proposed to establish ten new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry with the aim of speeding up the twin transitions.

  • By Hilary Webb

Co-Change Idea Competition

The Co-Change project is calling on innovators (individuals, teams and organisations) from across the world to present new solutions tackling the SDGs or societal challenges defined by the Commission through an ecosystem approach.