EC Report on the State of the Innovation Union 2011
Dec 22, 2011
On 2 December 2011 the European Commission published its Report on the State of the Innovation Union 2011.
The first year of Innovation Union, an integrated innovation strategy built around 34 specific commitments, has seen the economic and financial crisis reaching a new phase. With a shift in economic power from West to East both the Innovation Union Scoreboard and the Innovation Union Competitiveness report highlight the fact that Europe’s research and innovation performance has declined over recent years, causing a broadening of the already sizeable innovation gap vis-à-vis the U.S. and Japan. Furthermore, China, India and Brazil have started to rapidly catch up with the EU.
The Commission is proposing to increase investments in research, innovation and education in support of the EU's pro-growth agenda. The Horizon 2020 proposal enacts many of the Innovation Union commitments.
The report focuses on key policy actions of 2011. A short overview on the state of play of all 34 commitments of the Innovation Union is provided.