EIA Manifesto Handover to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Innovation is key in accelerating the green and digital economy of tomorrow. Now is the time to bolster Europe’s innovation landscape to foster this transition. In order to tap into the full potential of Europe’s knowledge and talent, there must be a cohesive network linking together all innovation actors. To achieve this, it is imperative to establish a robust framework for innovation policy in the EU. The time is now for a European Innovation Area that empowers all innovators and entrepreneurs across the continent to realise their full potential.

Making the European Innovation Area a reality will require the input of all relevant stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors. The Manifesto outlines 8 key focus areas for accelerating Europe’s transition toward a single European innovation ecosystem. Together with the K4I Forum Chair, MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho and other K4I Forum political members, EIT KICs, European Partnerships, universities and innovation support organisations, we are keen to work with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to make the European Innovation Area a success story for the benefit of Europe, its citizens, and its enterprises.

  • Opening and Introduction

Roland Strauss, K4I Managing Director, Moderator

  • Welcome and presentation of EIA Manifesto 

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum, EPP, Portugal

  • Focus Areas and Actionable Ideas presented by K4I Political Members
  • Lina Gálvez Muñoz, MEP, Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, S&D, Spain

Victor Negrescu, MEP, Vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee, S&D, Romania

Tsvetelina Marinova Penkova, MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, S&D, Bulgaria

Brando Benifei, MEP, Member of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, S&D, Italy 

Susana Solis Pérez, MEP, Vice Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, Member of Committee on Regional Development, Renew Europe, Spain

  • Focus Areas and Actionable Ideas presented by Stakeholders

Tim van der Hagen, Rector Magnificus/President of the Executive Board, TU Delft Bernd Schäfer, CEO, EIT RawMaterials

Gianpiero Lotito, Founder and CEO of FacilityLive

Martins Valters, Co-Founder and CFO/COO at Mintos

  • Feedback by Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth
  • Manifesto Handover, Maria da Graça Carvalho
  • Final Remarks, Commissioner Gabriel 
  • Closing Remarks and Next Steps, Maria da Graça Carvalho

Moderation: Roland Strauss, K4I Managing Director

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