– prepared by Marzenna Anna Weresa, WERI-SGH
An analytical overview done as part of the I3U project (Commitment 29) suggests that European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) have been effective in pursuing many of their objectives: their activities were relevant in addressing concrete societal problems in their respective areas and delivered an added value for the EU.
The EIPs have been especially successful in terms of “partnership”. The EC’s continued direct involvement in implementation has contributed to the credibility of their efforts and has boosted the convening power of the partnerships, enabling them to mobilize large communities of engaged stakeholders. The EIPs also designed and put in place effective implementation mechanisms such as the bottom-up “commitment approach” and online marketplaces. These mechanisms ensured shared interest from participating stakeholder groups in the pursuit of common goals and their engagement in the successful completion of the activities that were undertaken. These achievements represent innovative solutions and can be considered good practices worth disseminating in other EU areas and programs.
At the same time, the analysis reveals some weaknesses in Commitment 29’s design and implementation. The EIPs served one of their main objectives poorly, namely, to boost innovation activity and innovative breakthroughs that would enable European companies to lead in the development of new technologies, and to grow and assume global leadership in new growth markets.