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involvement in business life and innovation,

and we have to identify good projects and good

business frameworks for innovation and for

supporting innovation.”

Public and private

The commissioner then discussed the

importance of encouraging a culture of

innovation. Navracsics detailed what action

needs to be taken in the next few years to

invest in every innovation opportunity ahead. He

specifically focused on how collaboration is a

major instrument in realising this goal, drawing

together resources to maximise output.

“All the KICs are good examples of a good

culture of innovation and … when we talk

about economic growth in Europe, we have to

talk about youth unemployment as well, and

one of the biggest problems is that somehow

there is a mismatch between the private

business and public investments.

“We have to put together those business plans,

those project frameworks, and we have to start


he European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) falls

under the responsibility of Tibor Navracsics, the European

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. During

May, Portal travelled to Budapest, Hungary, to attend INNOVEIT 2015,

the key innovation conference of this EU body.

During the event, the commissioner provided his thoughts on how

effective the European innovation ecosystem really is and how important

it is to realise theory in practical execution, particularly in education.

“I think that innovation is at the very heart of Europe’s competitiveness.

That means that when we talk about innovation as a basic skill, or a skill

for innovation, or some inclination for innovation, or support for activities

in innovation, there is a role for innovation systems.

“Schools can teach the basic skills – the basic social skills, the basic

entrepreneurial skills, the basic collateral skills; the schools can teach

all those aspects of behaviour which can feed pupils later,” said

Navracsics. But schools alone are of course not enough.

“Schools cannot be islands in a society – we have to have some paths

from these schools to work with mainstream society … that means that

we need some reporting system and supporting system which can

report and support the innovation activities, which can support start-

ups, for instance, which can support bio-taxation and young people’s

Creating a culture


heard from European Education Commissioner

Tibor Navracsics


INNOVEIT 2015 in Budapest on creating an innovation culture and the impact

of the EFSI on the EIT


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