The economic and social circumstances of the post-coronavirus era are yet to be fully seen. It is already clear, however, that an effective recovery plan must support a stronger resilience of the EU´s economy. Investing in Europe's innovation ecosystems is therefore one of the crucial instruments to kickstart the post-covid growth engine. The ambition to support the competitivenes of the EU industry and breakthrough innovations by SMEs and startups is already reflected in the EU large-scale recovery package, which also highlights the importance of a productive collaboration between the public and private sector.
Together with our guests, we will be discussing following questions:
• How is the EU recovery plan going to impact the innovation ecosystem in Europe, and Central Europe in particular?
• Which investment tools will be available, and what role can be played by the private sector in supporting high-impact innovation efforts?
• How can the CE countries grasp the opportunity to benefit from the EU funding programmes, given their deficiencies in R&D infrastructure?
• How can the EU and members states work together in developing digital & entrepreneurial skills among students and wider population?