Mainstreaming innovation funding in the EU budget

This study provides a comprehensive assessment of how the EU budget supports innovation in the current programming period and analyses the approach to innovation financing in the Commission´s MFF 2021-2027 proposals. The findings provide the basis on which to draw recommendations to maximize the use of EU innovation funding in the coming MFF.

The study is based on extensive desk research, including the analysis of academic publications, legislative regulations, impact assessments, monitoring reports and mid-term evaluations and reports from the European Court of Auditors on EU budgetary programmes, EU-sponsored partnerships, financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Complementing this information, 30 in-depth interviews have been conducted with officials from different Commission DGs (AGRI, CLIMA, EAC, ENER, ECFIN, REGIO, RTD), EIB and EIF representatives, members of the European Court of Auditors and OECD experts on innovation and research.

You can find the study on the European Parliament website.

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin is head of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre in Paris, he formally worked for the General Secretariat for European Affairs of the French government. 

Dr. Eulalia Rubio is Senior Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Paris, she formally worked at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Philipp Ständer is Advisor at the Federals Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, he formally worked for the Jacques Delors Centre.

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