European Commission has launched the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, bringing together Member States and other stakeholders to help make Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020. To this end, the Commission proposes concrete targets to be achieved by 2020 to reduce Europe's dependency on imported raw materials, to replace rare materials with substitutes and to set up innovative pilot actions, e.g. pilot plants for exploration, mining, processing, collecting and recycling.
Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published 6th November, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard.
In 28. September 2012 the Stakeholders workshop is held. The workshop is an initial meeting of the project EMInInn (Environmental Macro Indicators of Innovation). It will take place in Brussels in Sweden representation office.
The European Commission proposed on 14 May 2012 a new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. The partnership will bring together all relevant actors across borders and sectors to accelerate the development and uptake of innovative solutions to address water challenges. The partnership will gather all relevant stakeholders, such as the water sector, small and medium sized enterprises, the research community, local governments, water-using industries, and the financial sector. It will focus on urban, rural and industrial water management, and several cross cutting themes.