Competitiveness Council to discuss Responsible Research and Innovation
With the aim to better align research and innovation outcomes with the values, needs, and expectations of society, the Commission has been promoting an approach to research and innovation in which all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses, civil society organisations, etc.) work together during the whole Research and Innovation process.
In this context, under the auspices of the Italian Presidency, a conference "Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation" was organised in Rome in November 2014 to further promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). To this end, the Conference concluded endorsing the so-called “Rome Declaration”. This (draft) Declaration states that Decisions in research and innovation must consider the principles on which the European Union is founded, i.e. the respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect of human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. At the Council Competitiveness on 5 December 2014, a policy debate on Responsible Research and Innovation will take place to discuss, amongst others, which reforms and instruments are needed in order to better integrate RRI in national research and innovation governance.