Accelerating change : communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
The 2012 State of the Innovation Union is the second year comprehensive progress report on the Innovation Union, a flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 growth strategy for the decade. Launched by the European Commission in October 2010, Innovation Union aims to improve conditions and access to finance for research and innovation in Europe, to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs. Key messages are identified in this report: The call by the Heads of State or Government to deepen the European research area is being turned into... concrete actions. The business environment in Europe will become more innovation-friendly thanks to single market measures such as the unitary patent, faster standard setting, modernised EU procurement rules and a European passport for venture capital funds. European innovation partnerships are pooling resources and concentrating demand and supply-side measures on key societal challenges: ageing, water, raw materials, sustainable agriculture, smart cities.