Innovation Commissioner could boost EU competitiveness

1 Dec 2009

The proposed appointment of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to be the new EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation could succeed in making Europe a more innovative economic space, a technology industry association that represents 3,000 tech firms said last night.

Jonathan Zuck, President of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) welcomed the new portfolio and stressed the importance of encouraging, enabling, and rewarding innovators.

“We look forward to work with the new European Commissioner in making Europe a more innovative economic space. We hope that, more than a change in name, the new portfolio will bring a real change to the policy agenda.

A new Commissioner could ensure streamlined policiesand contribute to boosting European Competitiveness, facilitate coordination, align priorities and benefit all innovative SMEs.

The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) is an international education and advocacy group for the technology industry.

Focusing on the interests of small and mid-size entrepreneurial technology companies, ACT advocates for a “Healthy Tech Environment” that promotes innovation, competition and investment. ACT has been active on issues such as intellectual property, international trade, e-commerce, privacy, internet policy and antitrust.

ACT represents more than 3000 software developers, systems integrators, IT consulting and training firms, and e-businesses from around the world.

“Successful innovation will also depend on meeting the needs of the market and for that, efforts should be accompanied by strong cross-sector policies.

“The answers for a more innovative Europe will equally come from EU taxation policy, employment rules, and intellectual property protection, to name a few. This is something which we hope the new European Commissioner will deliver,” Zuck said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years