The Third Steering Project and Stakeholders Committee Meeting took place on September 29-30, 2016 in Zagreb. The meeting highlighted what has been achieved in the project so far, and looked more closely at the role and expectations of the Stakeholders’ Committee in the project.
A joint empirical study analysing all of the IU commitments will be undertaken, and a European cross-country panel database will be set up, for which regression models, dependent variables and explanatory variables have already been identified. It is important that the expected impact of IU commitments be translated into policy targets.
All of the partners gave updates on the progress they have made so far and the refinements made to their methodologies. It was agreed that both the approach and the analyses need to elicit the impacts of various inputs – including investment, regulatory frameworks, research programmes and policy actions – on innovation. To better understand these impacts, the project needs to ensure that its terminology and concepts are aligned with those of the EU.
Some interesting results have come out of the Member States’ self-assessment of their reform programmes, which has allowed them to identify key challenges and critical improvements to be made. It turns out that there is a clear, direct correlation between performance and the complexity of the strategy adopted at the national level.
The Stakeholders Committee also came to some important conclusions. To better reach policy makers, technical insights and research results need to be translated into political messages and agendas. In EU innovation policy, there needs to be a new approach, one that is not just industry-specific, but that is also oriented towards regions and countries. There is currently a discrepancy between national and EU statistics on innovation, and the use of the IU Scoreboard may be not enough to present a consistent picture of innovation. This, in fact, is a key challenge for the project – that not all of the Commitments are easily quantifiable. These issues, as well as policy expectations, will be addressed at the project’s final conference.
The next project meeting will be held in March 2017 in Paris.