The European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General has just established a European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) to support regions in the design of better policies to transform existing, and boost, emerging industries by unlocking the transformative power of service innovation.
Rambøll Management Consulting has been commissioned by the Commission to set up ESIC. It has brought on board the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), Strasbourg Conseil, Technopolis Group Belgium and Valdari Vicari Associati (VVA) as its well experienced consortium partners in the field of service innovation.
In a first phase, the Centre will provide concrete customised support service to six model demonstrator regions that were selected by DG Enterprise and Industry through an informal call for the expression of interest. These pilot regions are the Basque Country, the Canary Islands, Emilia-Romagna, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and Upper Austria. ESIC will undertake an analysis of service innovation policies in these regions through a peer-review “stress test” that should identify not only the strengths and weaknesses of the innovation support system but also potential barriers and scope for enhanced policy action to achieve the highest impact. These stress-tests will be followed up through structured policy dialogues resulting in a policy briefing for each region with recommendations on how to improve the policy framework to better capitalise on service innovation.
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