Innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future

On the afternoon of 31 January, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg held roundtable discussions focusing on innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Among the participants were representatives of German and Swedish businesses, institutions and government agencies.

  • Mikael Damberg shakes hands with Angela Merkel as she has decended the stairs of her aircraft.

    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg welcomes Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on her arrival to Sweden.

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  • Three men wearing suits are speaking to eachother. Mikael Damberg is in the middle of the picture.

    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg talks to participants ahead of the roundtable discussion.

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Mr Damberg opened the talks by presenting the new agreement on an innovation partnership between Germany and Sweden. The innovation partnership focuses on innovation and cooperation within four themes: mobility, test beds, digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, and eHealth.

"I am proud to be here today and to be able to launch the new innovation partnership between Germany and Sweden. This is a unique agreement on cooperation between our countries to promote innovative solutions for society, new export products and stronger competitiveness," said Mr Damberg.

Germany and Sweden addressing common societal challenges through innovation

Sweden and Germany are similar in many ways and face common societal challenges, including climate change, an ageing population and increased global competition. The two countries are already cooperating at many levels, and the new innovation partnership will take cooperation to the next level.

Within the framework of the innovation partnership, Sweden and Germany will conduct a joint study on the electrification of roads, enable strengthened cooperation between Swedish and German testing facilities, strengthen the digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, and exchange knowledge and forms of technical infrastructure in the area of eHealth.

From agreement to innovative solutions

The discussions focused on the four themes of the agreement: mobility, test beds, digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, and eHealth. The participants represented German and Swedish businesses, including Siemens and Scania, institutions such as the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), and authorities, such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Vinnova (the Swedish agency for innovation systems) and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

"Where others see obstacles, German and Swedish businesses see new markets," said Mr Damberg.