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National Innovation Council

The National Innovation Council is tasked with advancing Sweden as an innovation nation and strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness. The Council has an advisory role and provides new perspectives on key issues in innovation policy. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven chairs the National Innovation Council, which consists of five ministers and ten advisory members from the business and research sectors.

The National Innovation Council primarily aims to improve the Swedish innovation system in digital, environment and climate, and life sciences – three areas that represent major challenges for the future. The Council also discusses other areas of general importance for innovation climate and competitiveness. The Council’s contributions include the five strategic innovation partnership programmes launched on 1 June 2016.

Current issues for the National Innovation Council

Ylva Johansson and Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson and Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Both incentives and motivation needed to ensure learning becomes reality in the workplace

Supplying skills to the labour market, and to society at large, has been a recurring issue since the Government’s National Innovation Council started meeting in 2015. When the Council met on 28 May at Harpsund, the meeting opened with the issue of lifelong learning in the workplace.

Mikael Damberg
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Greater focus on the link between innovation and globalisation

Innovation and globalisation – two areas that go hand in hand for Sweden’s continued national growth and development. Since Prime Minister Stefan Löfven established the National Innovation Council in February 2015, several initiatives have been taken aimed at promoting Sweden’s exchanges with leading innovation communities. There is greater focus today on the link between innovation and globalisation, and this was discussed at the National Innovation Council’s meeting on 28 August.

Barbara Ubaldi
Barbara Ubaldi, OECD. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Open data makes government agencies more accessible

Open data for new solutions. This was one of the items on the agenda of the National Innovation Council meeting on 15 May. Ms Barbara Ubaldi, project manager at the OECD, where she leads the work on digital government and open data, was invited to the meeting to inform about open data initiatives in other countries. The Government has asked the OECD to review and deliver proposals on how Sweden can accelerate the use of data in the public sector.

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