Economic and Social Committee backs Commission plans to boost innovation

January 16, 2004

Brussels, 15 Jan 2004

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has welcomed a communication from the Commission aimed at boosting the EU's innovation capabilities in the context of the Lisbon strategy.

In its opinion published on 14 January, the Committee stated that, in general, it: 'agrees with the strategies outlined in the communication'. It also shares the Commission's systemic view of the innovation process, but stressed that it is based on human resources and skills, and rooted in education and training.

The Committee identified areas where Member States in particular could do more to bolster innovation. It highlighted the need for EU countries to compete effectively in the single market, and urged them to create better conditions in order to take full advantage of the enlargement process.

Other areas for action, according to the Committee, include: increasing support mechanisms for businesses; streamlining the decision making process; exchanging good innovation practice in a more efficient way; and giving greater recognition to business activity.

The Committee concluded by calling on both Member States and the EU institutions to do more to promote a business culture more conducive to innovation and risk taking, and to provide the conditions and resources needed to increase overall investment in innovation. To read the EESC opinion, please: click here

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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