The Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative for an Innovation Union proposed the concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs). DG Environment, in close cooperation with DG Research and Innovation and other DG's, has launched a proposal for a European Innovation Partnership on Water, presented in a European Commission Communication on 10 May 2012. The EU Member States, through Environment Council Conclusions on 11 June 2012, have endorsed the launch of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water.
European Innovation Partnerships, proposed by the Europe 2020 Innovation Union flagship initiative, aim to speed up innovations that contribute to solving societal challenges, enhance Europe's competitiveness and contribute to job creation and economic growth. EIPs help to pool expertise and resources by bringing together public and private actors at EU, national and regional level, combining supply- and demand-side measures.
Main activities until date
4 September 2012 – Kick off meeting of the EIP Water Steering Group.
18 December 2012 – Adoption of the Strategic Implementation Plan by the Steering Group, announcement of the first call for expressions for Action Groups
31 May 2013 – Selection of the first 9 Action Groups
August 2013 – The online Market Place is operational
21 November 2013 –EIP Water 2013 Conference, Bruessels (Belgium)
5 November 2014 – EIP Water 2014 Conference, in Barcelona (Spain)
19 November 2015 – 7th Steering Group meeting ; Update of the Strategic Implementation Plan
10 February 2016 - EIP Water 2016 Conference, in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
27-28 September 2017 - EIP Water Conference 2017 - Water Innovation: Bridging Gaps, Creating Opportunities, in Porto (Portugal)
11-13 December 2019 - EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 "Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts", in Zaragoza (Spain)