EU’s most important research and innovation event presents Lithuanian initiatives in the area of innovation


2019 09 25


Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Gintaras Vilda is taking part in the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels, where he presents Lithuania’s experience and key achievements in the field of R&D&I. The event brings together top level innovation policy makers as well as business and science professionals. Vice-Minister Vilda will share best practice in the innovation reform, carried out by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, and the GovTech initiative; also, he will talk about innovation in public procurement and the legal regulation needed to promote innovation.

‘In the area of science and innovation, Lithuania has what to show to Europe: the national high-tech sector, in particular life sciences, information technology and engineering, is among the fastest growing and most advanced in the region. The laser industry, innovative start-ups, financial and digital companies also increase the visibility of Lithuania in Europe. This shows that we can gain experience from the EU and also share good practices in launching and implementing innovation policies and initiatives,’ said Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Vilda.

The Vice-Minister will present the innovation reform and the GovTech initiative launch in July this year to help address the challenges the public sector is facing. The GovTech enables innovative solutions to make business performance more efficient and to maximise societal benefits.

In Brussels, the European Commission’s initiative to set up a European Innovation Council Forum will be discussed. The forum will consist of representatives of EU Member States’ public authorities responsible for implementing the innovation policy. This forum could enable a more effective coordination and strengthening of innovation cooperation at EU level between the Community Member States and the European Commission.

On the European Innovation Council Forum basis, the EU Member States will be able to share information about ongoing initiatives to promote innovation, the results of their implementation, the monitoring of innovation programmes, their impact on the economy and innovation development trends.

During his visit to Brussels, Mr Vilda will meet with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, to discuss trends and priorities in innovation policy, and Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, the European Commission.

Mr Vilda will also discuss Lithuania’s participation in Horizon 2020 and the prospects for involvement in the new ‘Horizon Europe’ programme; in the meeting with the European Parliament members delegated by Lithuania, he will present the results of Horizon 2020.

In the event, the EU Member States’ representatives will present initiatives that encourage the progress of science and innovation and will discuss the societal challenges relating to digitisation and the circular economy.

The European Research and Innovation Days consist of a Policy Conference, covering vital areas of research and innovation, the ‘Innovative Europe Hub’, a meeting and matchmaking space for innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers, and ‘Science is Wonderful’ exhibition.