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Sweden and Germany in unique innovation partnership

Sweden and Germany are now joining forces in a new innovation partnership between the two countries. This is a unique agreement on cooperation to promote innovative societal solutions, new export products and stronger competitiveness. The agreement will be concluded in connection with the visit of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to Sweden on Tuesday 31 January.

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"Sweden has a great deal in common with Germany, and I am delighted about the agreement that has been reached. Our countries are alike in many ways, and we already enjoy close cooperation at many levels. In light of the great challenges that our societies are facing, including climate change, ageing populations and increased global competition, we have now chosen to take our cooperation to the next level. In the longer term, it is also about strengthening our countries' competitiveness and laying the foundations for new export successes and new jobs," says Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg.

Mr Damberg will be there to welcome Chancellor Merkel when she arrives in Sweden on Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. In connection with the visit, a new innovation partnership between Sweden and Germany will be initiated.

In concrete terms, this means:

  • Sweden and Germany will jointly conduct a study into the electrification of roads, including analysing their financing, business models and operation. The technology is still very new and in need of development. Cooperation between two countries with different circumstances may enable more rapid technological development. This cooperation will be led by the Swedish Transport Administration and its German counterpart.

  • The innovation partnership will reinforce cooperation between Swedish and German test facilities, with the two countries gaining access to each other's test beds. The main actors on the Swedish side will be the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, along with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Vinnova (Sweden's innovation agency).

  • Innovation partnerships to boost the digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be stepped up. Many SMEs need to digitalise their production, products and business models. The aim of this cooperation will be to match Swedish and German SMEs on digitalisation, so that they can exchange experiences. The partnership will be coordinated by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

  • In the area of eHealth, the main aim of cooperation will be to exchange knowledge on the countries' different forms of technological infrastructure (for example, electronic patient records and ePrescriptions). Health service digitalisation is a continuous project in which skills and knowledge need to be shared between countries facing similar challenges. The exchange will be coordinated by the Swedish Government's Life Science Coordinator in collaboration with relevant government agencies and with German government bodies under the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which will be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Health.

Contact

Gunilla Hjalmarson
Acting Press Secretary to Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

The Government’s strategic innovation partnership programmes

The Government’s five strategic innovation partnership programmes are based on the National Innovation Council’s assessment of the areas in which Swedish society is facing a number of challenges. These are challenges that have good prospects of leading to globally competitive solutions. We need new approaches to travel, housing, doing business, living, communicating, and using and preserving the world’s resources and ecosystems.

The most important task of the innovation partnership programmes is exchange between public sector actors, the business sector and academia to find innovative solutions to the social challenges of today, while strengthening Sweden’s global innovativeness and competitiveness.