Making public support for innovation in the EU more effective
Lessons learned from a public consultation for action at Community level
This Commission Staff Working Document “Making public support for innovation in the EU more effective: Lessons learned from a public consultation for action at Community level” summarises the key findings of a public consultation of companies and institutional innovation support stakeholders aimed to get more in-depth insights on how to best improve the effectiveness of public innovation support mechanisms in the EU. According to the consultation, it seems that many enterprises are not really satisfied with existing innovation support measures. Overall, more than 1.000 companies and 430... innovation intermediaries responded to the questionnaires through different channels. Although the results cannot be considered as representative, they nevertheless allow to draw some important conclusions on the needs of enterprises for better innovation support and the perception of current measures at national and EU level. As regards Community action, a vast majority of stakeholders is in favour of EU involvement in innovation support. To get more out of the existing Community actions in support of innovation, it underlines that EU innovation support should be based on a clear policy rationale and be complementary to regional and national efforts to strengthen innovation, concentrating on those areas where the highest European added value may be expected.