Innovation is a central driver for economic growth, the basis of Europe's welfare societies. It requires knowledge and ideas which can be translated into products and processes which create both commercial and societal value (OECD).
EPPA focusses on innovating the processes of business-government interface. This is needed in order to create better framework conditions for innovation in markets and in governance.
This is why it was asked by the Polish Government to manage their initiative in the Competitiveness Council in 2011 to set up an independent tripartite High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management, in order to improve the framework conditions for innovation in Europe. The initiative is continued now by the Irish Government.
This is why the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, honoured the 25th anniversary reception of EPPA with his presence. In his speech, he strongly endorsed the work done already by the High Level Group and the search for constructive business-government dialogue. He highlights the importance of innovation policy for Europe and the need for a comprehensive approach.