At a time of unprecedented challenges, Europe’s competitiveness and standard of living are threatened. Economic forecasts for 2050 paint a dark scenario – economic decline, an ageing population, social capital and labor force shortage, increased energy, food and water constraints, and a challenging role for the EU on the global stage.
However, we believe, that with the right policy instruments and a comprehensive innovation framework, these predictions are avoidable.
The objective of the dinner debate is to deliver a Wakeup Call to European policy-makers, highlight the main problems regarding the future of innovation in Europe and draw up proposals for immediate actions.
- Which are the main regulatory barriers impeding Innovation in Europe?
- How to ensure a growing European economy in the years to come?
- What are the prerequisites for developing a new innovation model in which people are at the heart of innovation?
- How can Europe regain its lost global political and economic significance and compete with emerging economies?
- Propose an agenda, which ensures stronger integration and more synergies along the innovation value chain.
- Review the current regulatory framework, identify the major bottlenecks and present concrete measures for improvement.
- Establish a sound risk approach based on qualitative science and ways to reverse the anti-technology sentiment that inhibits European development.
- Ensure that the potential of patent protection, standardisation, Public Private Partnerships and smart regulation is fully exploited in order to bring ideas to the market.
Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum of the European Parliament
Proposals presented by:
President of Knowledge4Innovation, Director General, ECPA
Executive Director, Research and Innovation, Cefic
Interventions from the floor:
Other interventions are also welcome.
MEP, Vice-Chair of the K4I Forum of the European Parliament, Former President of the European Parliament
Lambert van Nistelrooij,
MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum of the European Parliament
Maria Da Graça Carvalho,
MEP, Member of the K4I Forum of the Europeal Parliament
Representatives of the other institutions are welcome to respond.