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 reports and recommendations of the HLG and its expert working groups are the result of a unique cooperation between the public, private and academia jointly working for the European common good.



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 - Executive Director

  • Jacobo Truan - Research Fellow

  • Adam Sebesta - Research Fellow

  • Thomas Tugler - Research Fellow

  • Anna-Lena Bartz - Research Assistant

  • Tobias Steinbrecher - Research Assistant

  • Gabriel Lecumberri - Research Assistant