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Evaluation of Applied Research Organisations (TO2) April 19, 2017 - 6:23am

A substantial part of applied research in the Netherlands is performed by six applied research organisations (TO2). These organisations coordinate their activities and align their research to provide added value in the area of applied knowledge. In 2016, the Ministry of Economic Affairs commissioned an evaluation of the separate TO2 institutes over the 2012-2015 period as well as an evaluation of how the TO2 organisations as a whole are performing. This report summarises the TO2 overarching conclusions and provides recommendations.

Evaluation of the Top Sectors Innovation Incentive Scheme (MIT) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) 2013-2016 April 19, 2017 - 6:07am

The attached document is an evaluation of the MIT scheme drafted by Technopolis. The scheme aims to promote innovation in SMEs, and enable them to be better aligned with the Top Sectors’ innovation agendas. It includes several subsidy instruments to support different stages of the innovation process and connect SMEs to the Top Sectors. The evaluation found an overall positive impact of the scheme on innovation capacity and provides recommendations. The report is drafted in Dutch but an English summary is included (pp.7-12).

Public Knowledge Organisations in the Netherlands - Facts and Figures April 19, 2017 - 6:00am

This publication provides a factual overview of ‘public knowledge organisations’ (PKOs), a group of knowledge-based organisations that combine subject-specific research with the provision of knowledge-intensive services. Until now, there was no framework for describing and understanding the role and position of these organisations. This report published as part of the Rathenau Institute’s Facts & Figures series aims to fill this gap and draw attention to the vital role of PKOs in the Dutch knowledge infrastructure.

Enterprise Policy Monitor 2015 April 18, 2016 - 12:51pm

The Enterprise Policy Monitor 2015 is an annual publication by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and provides a detailed overview of the current progress of the enterprise policy. The Monitor is an annex to the Report on Enterprise Policy 2015; "Working Together on Innovation", which outlines the main policy developments. The Monitor sets out the most important facts and figures.

New policy framework for digital platforms February 23, 2016 - 9:57am

The rise of digital platforms is an unstoppable trend and a source of innovation in the economy and society. Digital platforms are increasingly playing an important role in bringing supply and demand together. This creates opportunities for both businesses and citizens. It is easier, for example, for a business to offer products to millions of potential customers via a digital platform such as Marktplaats or Bol.com. Digital platforms also create new markets and they change the dynamics in existing markets.

Review of innovation and entrepreneurship policy in the Netherlands, 2009-13 December 15, 2015 - 5:48am

Attached to this news item is a background study done by an independent consultancy firm. Unfortunately, it is available only in Dutch. However, the second document is in English and gives the cabinet’s reaction to the background study, reiterating the findings in the background study, adding some explanation of our own and stating what the government will do with the recommendations

Progress Report on Enterprise Policy 2014 December 15, 2015 - 5:23am

The European and Dutch economies are showing signs of recovery. At the same time, the economic tide remains fraught with uncertainties and the consequences of the crisis are still felt. The geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East pose a risk for global trade and, hence, also for the Dutch economy. Fortunately, the Netherlands has solid foundations and is well positioned for growth.

Root Folder December 14, 2015 - 5:49pm
Enterprise Policy Monitor December 15, 2015 - 5:25am

The Enterprise Policy Monitor 2014 is the latest edition of an annual publication of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ) and provides a detailed overview of the current progress of the enterprise policy. The 2014 monitor is an annex to the Progress Report on Enterprise Policy 2014, which outlines the main policy developments in the past year. The Monitor’s focus is not on policy, but on the most important facts and figures.

2025 Vision for Science: Choices for the future December 15, 2015 - 5:25am

Science makes a significant contribution to our welfare and prosperity. Insights and discoveries of the past, such as the light bulb and penicillin, brought about major improvements to our lives. More recently, advances such as the internet and biofuels have done likewise, providing new insights and revealing new applications. Discoveries in less tangible form also enrich our lives: knowledge about the universe, the functioning of society, and new information about our past, for example.

Vision of Applied Research December 15, 2015 - 5:25am

A substantial part of the applied research in the Netherlands is conducted in six institutes: the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO); the Agricultural Research Service (DLO); the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR); the Energy Centre of the Netherlands (ECN); Deltares, which specialises in applied research in water, subsurface and infrastructure; and the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN).

Global challenges, Dutch solutions December 15, 2015 - 5:25am

The Netherlands has an outstanding starting position to play a leading role in Europe and beyond in the field of science and innovation. We have excellent scientists and innovative businesses, who for many years have rightly played a prominent role in European research and innovation programmes. The Top Sectors’ policy serves to further strengthen the position of nine economic sectors in which the Netherlands has a leading position internationally.

Progress report on enterprise policy 2013 December 15, 2015 - 5:24am

In the past few years we have laid the basis for an enterprise policy aimed at all businesses, but with special consideration for nine top sectors. This new enterprise policy has been at full speed for a good two years. The golden triangle of industry, knowledge institutions and government cooperate in building international competitive strength and responding to challenges in dutch society.

To the Top: Towards a new enterprise policy December 15, 2015 - 5:38am

This letter sets out the key objectives of the government’s new business policy, giving entrepreneurs more scope for their business activities and enabling them to grow. It will allow them to stand out on the world market, profit from growing world trade, exploit opportunities for growth in emerging markets, achieve sustainable economic growth and choose to become top sectors.


This letter explains how, together with businesses and scientists, we can help the Dutch sectors to maintain or achieve a leading position in the world. It is essential that our entrepreneurs are given more scope to do what they do best: business.

Letter to Parliament on SME finance December 15, 2015 - 5:39am

In the spring, an official working group analysed the problems and the measures the government can take to improve the availability of financing for SMEs. Among its major findings were that the financial position of SMEs that seek financing is often weak, that the risks banks face in financing SMEs have increased and that there are insufficient alternatives to fill the gap left by the fall-off in bank lending. 

Dare to measure: Evaluation designs for industrial policy in The Netherlands December 15, 2015 - 5:25am

The government’s aim with industrial policy is to improve the entrepreneurial climate in the Netherlands. This policy derives its legitimacy from the presence of market failures, such as externalities, imperfect information and coordination failure. An important consideration is that the costs of government intervention must not exceed those of market failure. The government has a fairly extensive budget for various policy measures. Furthermore, the large number of companies that come into contact with industrial policy carries an obligation to determine the effectiveness of the various policy measures with the greatest possible accuracy.

Letter to parliament concerning policy for ambitious enterpreneurship December 15, 2015 - 5:39am

Society demands creative solutions to societal challenges, such as good, affordable care for the elderly, a transition to renewable energy, and clean drinking water for a growing world population. Innovation and entrepreneurship can help us to meet these challenges. Ambitious entrepreneurs play an important role in this process, as a source of innovation, new jobs, internationalisation and productivity.

Smart Industry Strategy December 15, 2015 - 5:26am

TNO, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VNO-NCW and the Chambers of Commerce and FME have taken the initiative to make a report on the meaning of Smart Industry for companies, knowledge institutions, and government in the Netherlands.

The Dutch ambition is to join the frontrunners and gain a strong position within that group. The Dutch industry has every chance to succeed in this challenge and further action to support this will be aligned with top sector policy. The Dutch business community – large and small – holds all the keys to engage with this promising development and to join forces with the frontrunners. The Netherlands has a strong tradition of collaboration in networks and clusters. Add to this world class ICT infrastructure and 93% internet penetration in households and it becomes evident that the Netherlands are poised to play a leading role in Smart Industry.

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