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Innovation is a key factor in Europe's global competitiveness and job creation, encompassing new technologies, successful production methods, improved services, innovative management practices, marketing and design. It is also a tool for the transfer of know-how, experience and good practice at both European and regional levels, helping to make companies stronger and more competitive, and boosting employment.

In 1994, the European Commission's White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment and the Green Paper on Innovation both identified weaknesses in Europe:
-Low levels of research and development investment. -Lack of co-ordination in research and technolo9ical development.
-A limited capacity to convert scientific breakthroughs and technological achievements into industrial and commercial success.

The documents stressed the need to define and implement an innovation strategy at both global and regional levels, recognising the competence of local and regional governments as the decision-makers best placed to communicate with economic actors.

Additional information

Authors: DG-Enterprise Regional Policy, DG-Enterprise Regional Policy
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: N/A EN (2000), 26pp. Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-8714-6
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