A renewed European Agenda for Research and Innovation - Europe’s chance to shape its future

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions | 15.5.2018

Publié le 23 mai 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« The European Commission welcomes the decision of the President of the European Council to schedule a debate among Leaders on Research and Innovation and the steps necessary to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness. This Communication presents a set of concrete actions to boost the EU Research and Innovation agenda and to feed the informal discussion that the Heads of State or Government will hold in Sofia on 16 May 2018.


1. Europe’s chance to invest in the future


2. A renewed agenda for a stronger European Research and Innovation Ecosystem


2.6 Invest in skills at all levels and empower European universities to become more entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary

Developing a learning and entrepreneurial society in Europe is crucial to spur innovation across all sectors of the economy and all segments of the population. It requires major changes in the education and training and research system, as well as in the workplace to ensure that life-long-learning and upskilling becomes a reality for all. This is needed to address skills gaps and mismatches that exist in Europe. It is estimated that around 40% of the workforce in Europe needs digital upskilling, while 70 million Europeans lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The take up of open science practices at different stages of the researchers’ careers can also stimulate attractive career environments for all, give more recognition and reward international and science-business mobility.51 The modernisation of universities and public research organisations should therefore also be supported with an Open Science label. Such a high-quality label could beawarded to individual universities and trans-national university partnerships, and would be recognised in future EUsupport for trans-national projects involving universities.52


Key steps

  • Contribute to the modernisation of universities and public research organisations with an Open Science label.

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