The Innovation Council contributes to concrete initiatives for the future

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On 16 September 2019, the National Innovation Council met to discuss climate change.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and members of the National Innovation Council.
Innovation to address the climate challenge, data as a strategic resource for innovation and support for innovations at universities and higher education institutions were on the agenda when the National Innovation Council met on 16 September. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

“The National Innovation Council helps us to raise our sights and find new solutions to the societal challenges we face as a country. The need for reforms to manage the climate transition and to ensure our competitiveness and our welfare is great, and innovation will be key if we are to succeed,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Innovative power is needed in society and in politics. The societal challenges ahead of us are more complicated than previously and will demand collaboration, participation and engagement from all parts of society. It is a matter of readjusting society for new conditions, finding better courses of action and using new solutions.

The issues raised in the National Innovation Council are raised at the highest political level. During the previous electoral period, the work of the Council contributed to the reform of the State’s venture capital investment activities through the new company Saminvest AB, the innovative platform Testbed Sweden and the national approach to artificial intelligence.

At the core of the National Innovation Council are its members and the dialogues and discussions the Council has on societal development, with a focus on innovation. The members of the National Innovation Council are appointed for their personal expertise and experience, and because they represent various perspectives and sectors of society.