Unsatisfactory framework conditions are barriers to the creation of a single European market for innovation.
Regulatory framework conditions have been identified as important factors influencing the innovation activities of companies, industry and whole economic system.
Harmonized rules for product approvals are essential. Regulations can affect innovation performance in different ways depending on how the regulation is implemented. Compliance with regulations generates costs but regulations can also have a positive impact on innovative activities, creating incentives for the development of new processes, services and products.
Outdated regulations can be an obstacle to the attraction of innovative investments and businesses as well as to the commercialization of innovative products. Regulatory barriers and bottlenecks for entrepreneurs to "bring ideas to market" need certainly to be addressed but given that the regulatory framework is constantly changing, a vigilant approach to the continued efficacy of existing regulations is necessary.
The formulation and implementation of new regulations in different technical areas and social contexts need to be based on careful and detailed reviews and analysis not only on ways of reducing compliance costs and ways of incentivizing firms to innovate but also on potential costs and benefits of applying new regulations in different ways and contexts.
For this reason it is necessary to review existing regulatory frameworks in key areas (related to societal challenges identified by European Innovation Partnerships) with a view to indentifying their appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness as catalysts of innovative behaviors.
The purpose of this action is the screening of the regulatory framework in key areas, starting with those linked to eco-innovation and to the European Innovation Partnerships. The specific objective is to identify regulations that need to be improved/updated and/or new rules that need to be implemented in order to provide sufficient and continuous incentives to drive innovation.
The result of the screening exercise will help to develop a set of recommendations and suggestions for revision of regulatory frameworks to be incorporated in future action plans. Smart regulation at EU and Member States level can become a key driver for innovation, particularly when dynamic and market based approaches are used.
A screening of the regulatory framework in key areas will be undertaken. In this context, two studies will be conducted (Work Program 2012 CDRP), starting with those linked to eco-innovation and to the areas related to European Innovation Partnerships.
In addition, an expert group will be established to develop a set of recommendations for revision of regulatory frameworks to be incorporated in future action plans.
The action "Support for the screening of Regulatory Framework" will be implemented in 2012 through Coordination and Support Actions (public procurement and expert contracts) under the specific program FP 7 Capacities, Work Program Support to coherent development of research policies.
The Commission will provide guidance on how to further organize this screening exercise after 2012.