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 the Council and the Commission and served as inspiration for its reform and innovation initiatives.

In 2019, the HLG elaborated a new Blueprint for the European Council and the new Commission : ‘The five Herculean Tasks of the new Commission’. It focussed on managing the risks of climate change, enhancing Europe’s economic security through competitiveness and innovation, empower the welfare and territorial dimension in policy making, research and innovation for the public good, and public governance innovation.

Since 2012, this HLG is chaired by Klaus Gretschmann, former director general at the Council Secretariat.


'The five Herculean works of the new Commission’ focusses primarily on expectations of citizens, and...

The way forward to improve people’s lives through innovation : a blueprint with 56 concrete recommen...

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During its (virtual) meeting on 7 July, the independent tripartite High Level Group on Innovation Po...

This High-Level Group has been asked to focus on public sector innovation and reflect on social Euro...

The recommendations on the European Public Sector Innovation.


Recommendations on the European...

The latest recommendations on the Innovation Europe proposals of the EU Commission (FP9).



Knowledge development and implementation are different processes requiring new thinking for FP9 and...

The rapidly penetrating digitalization needs coherent approach to balance benefits and costs. A join...

Ongoing reforms to stimulate innovation merit a more daring approach to bring more added value more...

Economic and social innovation require also governance innovation: 8 key reforms. Moreover, after 60...

Sustainability goals require innovation policy more than traditional standard setting. A joint view...

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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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