Thanks to its positive reception by the EU institutions and Member states, the HLG was asked to re-convene and continue its work in a second phase.
The second phase took place from October 2013 to September 2014 and involved three working sessions in Dublin (December 2013), Amsterdam (April 2014), and Rome (July 2014), at the invitation of the respective governments as well as the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
The first meeting in Dublin focused on strategic foresight. Under the guidance of Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Foresight Counsellor at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the High Level Group drew on the methodology of policy-relevant foresight to draw first conclusions for elements to construct a Blueprint.
Between the three meetings, the research team met each HLG Member in bilateral meetings to receive input, discuss ideas and and inform about the progress of the work.
As a result, this Blueprint provides the indispensable steps for the development and completion of European Innovation Ecosystems where governments, business, academia and citizens interact to foster creative and bold thinking and a flexible, dynamic, stimulating and enabling environment allowing for innovation to drive economic growth, the creation of jobs, ground-breaking research and new solutions for societal and welfare challenges.
The Blueprint was presented to the Presidents of the European Council, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. It was also presented to the EU Ministers at the Competitiveness Council meeting under the Italian presidency in fall 2014.