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Ten priority actions to achieve a broad-based innovation strategy for the European Union

The European Commission has tabled a 10 point programme for action at national and European levels to foster innovation as a main asset of the EU economy. The programme points the way forward to accompany industry-led innovation with public policies at all levels as a core element of the renewed Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs.

The ten priority actions aim to:

  • Action 1: Establish innovation-friendly education systems
  • Action 2: Establish a European Institute of Technology
  • Action 3: Work towards a, single and attractive labour market for researchers
  • Action 4: Strengthen research-industry links
  • Action 5: Foster regional innovation through the new cohesion policy programmes
  • Action 6: Reform R&D and innovation state aid rules and provide better guidance for R&D tax incentives
  • Action 7: Enhance intellectual property rights protection (IPR)
  • Action 8: Digital products and services initiative on copyright levies
  • Action 9: Develop a strategy for innovation friendly lead Markets
  • Action 10: Stimulate innovation through procurement

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