The December 2008 European Council called for a European Plan for Innovation. As a first step the Commission intends to present possible short term actions in response to the economic crisis and an assessment of achievements made under the Broad Based Innovation Strategy by Summer 2009, accompanied by reviews of the Lead markets Initiative, Innovation in Services, financing innovation in SMEs and the effectiveness of innovation support measures.
This should provide the basis for consultations and debate on the directions and possible measures to be included in a European plan for innovation that could be presented by the end of 2009. The reflections on future innovation policy should also be an integral part of the wider debate on the Lisbon strategy post 2010.
Business Panel on future European innovation policy
DG Enterprise has established a business panel to provide inputs from a business perspective on priorities for future EU innovation policy. The panel is due to provide a final report in early Autumn 2009 which is intended to provide a major input to the European Innovation Plan.
The pdf version of the panel consultation can be found here.