29 Jun 2018

European leaders invite Commission to launch European Innovation Council


The main topic of the European Council of 28-29 June 2018 was migration, but Heads of State and Government of EU Member States also discussed the topics innovation and competitiveness, amongst other issues. They stated that Europe's high-quality research should be developed to create new products, services and business models across the EU. Access to financing and cooperation between research, innovation and education are essential. In addition, the European Council invited the Commission to launch a new pilot initiative on breakthrough innovation within the remaining period of Horizon 2020. It also confirmed the setup of an European Innovation Council under the next EU long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework.

The European Council Conclusions can be downloaded here.