Citizens at the Heart of Innovation: Strengthening Public Engagement and Acceptance

6 May 2019

09:15 - 10:45

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Robert Schröder

European Commission

Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation
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Philip Boucher

European Parliament

Policy Analyst for Panel for Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
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Adam Bowen

JUUL Labs

Founder
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Martin Villig

Bolt (former Taxify)

Founder and CEO
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Jacques Pelkmans

CEPS

Senior Research Fellow

 

Europe’s position in the global race for innovation is weakening. This is particularly true in the field of digitally enabled technologies. Additionally, Europe’s economic prosperity depends on its capacity to innovate.

Investing in research and development combined with a coherent, flexible and ambitious policy framework are therefore essential to foster innovation. Although today such criteria are mostly satisfied, Europe is lagging behind. Major impediments include a fragmented market combined with insufficient incentives discouraging citizens’ entrepreneurship. Hence although there is no shortage of top researchers and talent, innovators face discouraging regulatory barriers.

 

Europe must take the lead :