High-level Conference on Innovation Principle

3 December 2019, Hotel Scandic Park Helsinki


08.30 Registration
09:00 Introduction of the day
Moderator Kamilla Sultanova
09:05 Opening words
Permanent Secretary Jari Gustafsson, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Key Note: Relationship between innovation and regulation - PDF
Professor Karen Yeung, Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School & School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK

09:45 Key Note: Developing innovation-friendly legislative culture in Europe – potential and bottlenecks
Deputy Director-General Signe Ratso, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Coffee break


Panel: The Innovation Principle in regulatory practice

Video message from Director for Strategy and Campaigns Anne Stauffer, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) - Video can be found here.

  • Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board Veronica Gaffey, European Commission
  • Deputy Director Dirk Pilat, OECD, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Chair of EARTO Executive Board Antti Vasara, President & CEO of VTT, Finland
  • Head of Technology Futures Harry Armstrong, NESTA, UK
  • Chairman, Innovation and Competitiveness Working Group, Technology Industries of Finland, Pekka Koponen, Spinverse Oy, Finland 




13:00 Possibilities and challenges of using legislation to drive innovation and growth – Case of Act on Transport Services
Director-General Olli-Pekka Rantala, Ministry of Transport and Communication, Finland - Video can be seen here.

Innovation skills and capabilities of the future public sector - PDF
CEO Christian Bason, Danish Design Centre, Denmark



Building policy with innovation in mind: examples

  • Danish one-stop-shop for new business models - PDF
    Chief of Division Camilla Hjermind, Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Danish Business Authority, Denmark
  • EU Platform regulation and the Innovation Principle

    Policy officer Menno Cox, European Commission, Directorate-General Communications, Content and Technology - Video can be found here.



Coffee break

15:00 Building policy with innovation in mind: examples - session continues
  • Israel’s policy and programs to create an innovation friendly legislative environment - PDF
    Senior Director of Business Development Shomrat Shurtz, Growth Division Israel Innovation Authority, Israel
  • One Sea - Autonomous maritime ecosystem - PDF
    CEO Harri Kulmala, Dimecc Ltd, Finland
  • EU-State Aid Rules – a view from an Innovation Policy Perspective - PDF

    Policy Officer Bernhard von Wendland, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation

  • Building blocks for policy framework of innovation-friendly legislation - PDF
    Managing Director Kimmo Halme, 4Front Ltd, Project director of the Finnish Government Research project on innovation-friendly legislation, Finland



Closing panel on key policy issues: The way forward with the Innovation Principle
Moderated by Director-General Ilona Lundström, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

  • Deputy Director-General Signe Ratso, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
  • Director Alexandre Affre, BusinessEurope
  • Chair of Committee for Technological Innovation and Ethics Jon Simonsson, Swedish Government
  • Founder & CEO Antero Vartia, Compensate, Finland
17:00 Musical surprise