involvement in business life and innovation,
and we have to identify good projects and good
business frameworks for innovation and for
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
INNOVEIT 2015 in Budapest on creating an innovation culture and the impact
of the EFSI on the EIT
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