innovation policy 

The HLG on Innovation Policy was launched under the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in December 2011 with the objective to develop recommendations how to complete and improve innovation policy in the EU. The HLG developed the concept of European Innovation Ecosystems. The Group's ideas were presented at the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council (COMPET) in May 2013. 

Thanks to the positive reception of the report and its recommendations, the HLG was asked to re-convene and continue its work. This resulted in a comprehensive report with over 56 concrete recommendations. They were presented by the Italian Presidency to Council as well as the newly elected European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker and since then serve as  inspiration for  reforms and innovation initiatives in the EU.

 It continued its work focusing on the implementation of the Innovation Principle, on the design of the Innovation Council, on the circular economy policy, the digital union and industry 4.0, and on better regulation. In this phase of its work, the Group enlarged the academic participation with two leading scientific institutes, the Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) and the Stockholm Resilience Center (Sweden), and on the issue of better regulation also with the Montesquieu Forum (Reading University, Great-Britain).


Its current work focusses on innovation in welfare state systems and on public sector innovation as pre-condition for better regulation. Since the beginning, EPPA holds the mandate to manage the secretariat and the research team  of this and other HLGs under the responsibility of its  chairman and partner, Prof. Dr. Stefan Schepers (Visiting Professor European Studies at Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK). 


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The following people, from the European and national public sector, from corporations and from academia, gave their time and expertise to the work on innovation policy management:

Download: HLG Innovation Policy Members List

The HLG has its own research team, which prepares and follows-up meetings:


  • Stefan Schepers - Secretary General

  • Jacobo Truan - Research Fellow

  • Adam Sebesta - Research Fellow

  • Thomas Tugler - Research Fellow

  • Anna-Lena Bartz - Research Assistant


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