Creating a European Innovation Council (EIC)

Date: 24/06/2016

Jean-Paul Schuler, CEO of Luxinnovation, took part in the visit of a delegation of Director Generals of innovation agencies to the European Commission on 14 June 2016 to discuss EIC plans.

The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, has proposed the creation of a European Innovation Council (EIC), “to do for innovation what the European Research Council is doing for scientific research”. 

Therefore a delegation of CEOs and Executive Directors from nine national innovation agencies met in Brussels to discuss the role of the proposed EIC and the experience that long-established national innovation agencies can contribute to its design and operation. The meeting concluded that the national agencies have indeed much to contribute, and follow-up meetings at both CEO and technical levels were agreed. The meeting was initiated by the Brussels Liaison Offices of the nine agencies.

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