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

I&I WG meeting

I&I WG coffee meeting: Joint Cluster Initiative and European Innovation Ecosystems

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

We are happy to welcome you to the next meeting of the Innovation & Investment Working Group, which will focus on the Joint Cluster Initiative (Single Market Programme) as well as on the European

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

WG Events

WG Events

European Innovation Council Summit 2021

In November the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will launch the one and a half day hybrid EIC Summit. The 2021 summit will be a chance for innovation actors to network and connect, as well as to learn more about ecosystem policy and emerging technologies. 

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.

Innovation Procurement in practice: Preliminary market consultation

DG GROW continues its innovation procurement webinar series with a session on the preliminary market consultation in late September 2021.

Horizon Europe brokerage events

Six brokerage events are being organised to following their corresponding cluster at the Horizon Europe Info Days. The events, organised by different partners, will provide opportunities for applicants to meet, discuss their research, ideas and expertise with potential new partners and build consortia for the new Horizon Europe calls. 

Horizon Europe info-days

The European Commission has announced the first edition of the Horizon Europe info-days, which will take place over 10 days, divided into nine themes. From 28 June to 9 July 2021, the event will give prospective applicants insight into the novelties, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe.

EU R&I Days: Re-imagining science advice to policy after COVID-19

As the global response to COVID-19 can be seen as a success story for scientific research and innovation, this EU R&I Days event will explore how lessons learned can be used going forward with the Recovery and Resilience Facility. 

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Making digital transition work for all SMEs: study available

A new CoR study "The state of digital transformation at the regional level and COVID-19 induced changes to the economy and business models, and their consequences for regions" is now available for download.

EC adopts package of legislative tools for EU Green Deal

The European Commission has adopted a package of proposed actions that will transform the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies in a bid to realise the European Green Deal.

Commission adopts Sustainable Finance Strategy

The European Commission has adopted the Sustainable Finance Strategy, which sets out several initiatives to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges while increasing investment.

First Horizon Europe calls launch

The first calls for proposals in the EU's new key funding programme for research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, are now open.

Main Horizon Europe work programme adopted

The European Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022. The programme outlines the objectives and topic areas that will receive a share of €14.7 billion in funding.

Reduction of plastics and recycling of plastic waste through public procurement and public-private innovation across the plastics value chain

In Denmark, approx. 370.000 tons of plastic are incinerated every year which results in emission of approx. 1 million tonnes of CO2/year. In order to achieve Denmark’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality in 2050, long-term efforts must be made to minimize our plastic consumption and production and management of plastic waste. There is a need for innovation, which is aimed at reducing plastic consumption as well as waste management and treatment of plastics. In order to develop and test systemic solutions for reduction and increased recycling of…

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Survey on the state of digital transformation at the regional level and Covid-19 induced changes

The European Committee of the Regions and EUROCHAMBRES invite you to participate in a short survey on the state of digital transformation at the regional level and Covid-19 induced changes to the economy and business models and their consequences for regions.

  • By Jesper Blaabjerg Holm

Reduction of plastics and recycling of plastic waste through public procurement and public-private innovation across the plastics value chain

In Denmark, approx. 370.000 tons of plastic are incinerated every year which results in emission of approx. 1 million tonnes of CO2/year. In order to achieve Denmark’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality in 2050, long-term efforts must be made to minimize our plastic consumption and production and management of plastic waste. There is a need for innovation, which is aimed at reducing plastic consumption as well as waste management and treatment of plastics. In order to develop and test systemic solutions for reduction and increased recycling of plastic waste, there is a need for a strong partnership across several links in the value chain of plastics that can create holistic and practical solutions.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

The new European Innovation Procurement Awards open

Call for public and private procurers: the new European Innovation Procurement Awards are open for applications.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

First European Innovation Council Accelerator calls open

The European Commission opened the first EIC Accelerator calls following the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC). The funding is worth over €1 billion and will help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact.

  • 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.