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Abstract

This report presents a strategy to create an Innovative Europe. Achieving this requires a combination of a market for innovative goods and services, focussed resources, new financial structures and mobility of people, money and organisations. Together these constitute a paradigm shift going well beyond the narrow domain of R&D and innovation policy.
Our central recommendation is that a Pact for Research and Innovation is needed to drive the agenda for an Innovative Europe. This requires a huge act of will and commitment from political, business and social leaders. Current efforts towards the revised Lisbon Agenda should be continued and reinforced but are not enough. In addition, simultaneous and synchronous efforts are needed in the three areas which constitute the Pact and which we use to structure this report:
1. At the core of our recommendations is the need for Europe to provide an innovation-friendly market for its businesses, the lack of which is the main barrier to investment in research and innovation. This needs actions on regulation, standards, public procurement, intellectual property and fostering a culture which celebrates innovation [...].
2. We see the 3% target as an indicator of an Innovative Europe, not as an end in itself. Measures are needed to increase resources for excellent science, industrial R&D and the science-industry nexus. Productivity of R&D must be increased. The proportion of structural funds spent on research and innovation should be trebled.
3. Far greater mobility is needed at three levels: Human resources need a step change in mobility across boundaries; Financial mobility requires an effective venture capital sector and new financial instruments for the knowledge-based economy; Mobility in organisation and knowledge means cutting across established structures to allow new linkages to be made through the instruments of European technology platforms and clusters.

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