This report analyses Europe’s performance in science, research and innovation and the driving factors behind that performance in a global context. It combines thorough indicator-based macroeconomic analysis with deep analytical research on important policy topics. This is a flagship publication for the Commission’s research and innovation department. New editions will come out every 2 years.
What are the main findings?
Research and innovation play a key role in providing solutions to overcome immediate challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and making our society more resilient in the longer term.
Europe must address the twin challenge of the green and digital transitions to become a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. This means that research and innovation policy will need to adapt to ensure that it contributes to sustainability in its broadest sense – social, environmental and economic – while driving EU competitiveness.
The five principles guiding research and innovation policy in Europe are
- working together
- sharing knowledge
- turning research into solutions
- transforming the way we consume and produce
- setting a clear direction for the future we want
The way forward
The report contains 11 policy recommendations to support Europe’s agenda for people, planet and prosperity. Recommendations are split into three sections: research and innovation for a safe and just space for humanity, global leadership and economic and societal impact.
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