Europe has gotten the message that innovation drives economic growth says European Commission Director-General of Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, and it is focusing on improving conditions for and removing barriers to innovation while increasing public investment in R&D to three percent of European GDP with the goal of "making Europe the world's most attractive environment for R&D, innovation, business investment, and entrepreneurship." Smits says Europe has recognized that it "must preserve investment in research and innovation which are the main sources of future growth." In this blog post, Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Ezell says this is a message U.S. policymakers would be wise to heed.
Science and R&D
In an economy powered by innovation and technology, more proactive R&D policies are key to success.
Key messages for an International Research and Policy Agenda
February 16, 2011
Moderated panel "Key Messages for an International Research and Policy Agenda" at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD and National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop Roundtable Debate.