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The Green Paper on Innovation prompted a very important reaction and there was a wide-ranging debate, which extended beyond the borders of the European Economic Area. More than 40 000 copies were circulated. In all the Member States, together with Norway and Iceland, conferences to discuss the Green Paper were organised at the Commission's initiative and with the support of the national authorities. They brought together more than 5 000 people: industrialists and representatives of research centres, financial institutions, government departments, innovation bodies, trade unions, universities, etc.

This paper gives the summary and conclusions of the conference held on 8 May 1996 at Slot Zeist in the Netherlands. During the conference, the Green Paper was discussed in four separate workshops and recommendations were made for improvements to innovation in Europe (and in the Netherlands). The following themes were dealt with in four parallel workshops:

- Better direct research efforts towards innovation;
- Reinforce human resources for innovation;
- Improve the conditions for financing of innovation;
- Promote innovation and absorption of new technologies by SMEs, in particular at regional level.

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