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About the Flagship

This flagship focuses on the development and use of robust, comparable data sets and a common data taxonomy that can inform policies at all levels across the EU, and policy support for Member States.

Report on definitions related to startups, scale-ups and deep tech innovation

28 February 2023

Workshop and presentation of draft final report

mid-March 2023

Feedback on indicator definitions

end March 2023

Final report expected

The Commission will prepare an exploratory report on definitions related to startups, scale-ups and deep tech innovation during the first quarter of 2023. The study is being conducted under the umbrella of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) project with a focus on how Member States and international organisations collect data and define indicators to assess start-up performance across Europe. This exploratory study aims to provide an extensive overview of concepts and definitions associated the start-up ecosystem, which indicators are being used to assess start-up performance, and which types of data and data sources are used in the analysis.

European Start-up Scoreboard

Not started yet
Q3 2023

Publication of tender

Q4 2023

Evaluation and announcement of result

Q1 2024

Start of the project

In line with the objectives of the Commission’s 2020 Capital Markets Union (CMU) action plan, in December 2022 the Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive on a Listing Act. The measure would simplify and ease both initial and ongoing listing requirements for certain types of companies in order to reduce costs and increase legal certainty for issuers, while safeguarding investor protection and market integrity.

To allow certain founders and families to retain control post-listing, while raising a larger amount of funds and enjoying the benefits of going public, the Listing Act may also propose a minimum harmonisation of national legal regimes relating to dual class share structures across the EU.

Strengthen the role of the European Innovation Council Forum

March 2023

Kick-off of EIC Forum Working Groups

1 June 2023

First EIC Forum Plenary for 2023

10 October 2023

Second EIC Forum Plenary for 2023

The Commission will strengthen the role of the European Innovation Council Forum in 2022, enhancing the exchange of best practices and coordination of national innovation policy initiatives. The EIC Forum Policy orientations 2022 document looks at the overview of challenges and proposed actions of the five established EIC Forum working groups for 2022, in particular: Innovation Policy, Innovation Procurement, Data, EIC Plug In scheme to the EIC Accelerator, and EIC Prizes Alumni network.

The new Working Group on Employees’ Stock Options has been endorsed by the EIC Forum Plenary and will kick off in March 2023.

Relevant links

EIC Forum