The Lisbon European Council of March 2000 set the objective of making Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge- based economy in the world by the year 2010. By strongly and firmly placing competitiveness at the heart of the European political agenda, the reinvigorated 'Lisbon process' aims at making Europe a more attractive place to invest, by boosting the entrepreneurial initiative and creating a productive environment where innovation capacity can grow and develop. In order to fully meet the Lisbon goals, a particular attention has been given to ensuring coherence and synergy among all actions implemented at the EC level in the field of innovation and competitiveness. Following the recommendations of the 2003 Spring Council, the European Commission has decided to put forward a proposal for the implementation of a Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) which is meant to become the main legal basis grouping all Community actions in the field of innovation and competitiveness.
In order to prepare a proposal for a Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme, the European Commission has launched a public stakeholders consultation to collect views and expectations on the foreseen action.
The consultation was open from December 2004- February 2005. The European Commission received 186 responses, nearly half of which came from individuals, business associations and public administrations. Results of the consultation.
European Commission Proposal for a CIP
On the 6th April 2005, the European Commission has adopted the proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council on establishing a Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) for the period 2007-2013.
The framework Programme will provide a coherent framework for all Community actions implemented in the field of entrepreneurship, SMEs, industrial competitiveness, innovation, ICT development and use, environmental technologies and intelligent energy.
The proposed framework Programme is structured around three main blocks of activities:
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme, particularly focussing on SMEs
The ICT Policy Support Programme, to support the adoption of ICTs in business, administrations and public sector services
The Intelligent Energy Europe Programme
The foreseen budget for the CIP is EUR 4.21 billion.