june, 2021

01jun10:0011:00Virtual EventEIA Manifesto Handover to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel10:00 - 11:00


(Tuesday) 10:00 - 11:00

Event Details


Innovation is key in accelerating the green and digital economy of tomorrow. Now is the time to bolster Europe’s innovation landscape to foster this transition. In order to tap into the full potential of Europe’s knowledge and talent, there must be a cohesive network linking together all innovation actors. To achieve this, it is imperative to establish a robust framework for innovation policy in the EU. The time is now for a European Innovation Area that empowers all innovators and entrepreneurs across the continent to realise their full potential.

Making the European Innovation Area a reality will require the input of all relevant stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors. Thre Manifesto outlines 8 key focus areas for accelerating Europe’s transition toward a single European innovation ecosystem. Together with the K4I Forum Chair, MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho and other K4I Forum political members, EIT KICs, European Partnerships, universities and innovation support organisations, we are keen to work with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to make the European Innovation Area a success story for the benefit of Europe, its citizens, and its enterprises.


  • Opening and Introduction

Roland Strauss, K4I Managing Director, Moderator

  • Welcome and presentation of EIA Manifesto

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum, EPP, Portugal

  • Focus Areas and Actionable Ideas presented by K4I Political Members

Lina Gálvez Muñoz, MEP, Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, S&D, Spain

Victor Negrescu, MEP, Vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee, S&D, Romania

Tsvetelina Marinova Penkova, MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, S&D, Bulgaria

Brando Benifei, MEP, Member of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, S&D, Italy

Susana Solís Pérez, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Regional Development, Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, Spain

  • Focus Areas and Actionable Ideas presented by Stakeholders

Tim van der Hagen, Rector Magnificus/President of the Executive Board, TU Delft

Bernd Schäfer, CEO, EIT RawMaterials

Gianpiero Lotito, Founder and CEO of FacilityLive

Martins Valters, Co-Founder and CFO/COO at Mintos

  • Feedback by Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth
  • Manifesto Handover, Maria da Graça Carvalho
  • Final Remarks, Commissioner Gabriel
  • Closing Remarks and Next Steps, Maria da Graça Carvalho

Moderation: Roland Strauss, K4I Managing Director


Knowledge4Innovation Forum


Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the K4I Forum, EPP Portugal

Speakers for this event

  • Bernd Schäfer

    Bernd Schäfer

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

    Bernd Schäfer has extensive business experience. Prior to his recent role as CEO/Managing Director at apt Group, leading European supplier of extruded, anodised and processed aluminium products, he was the VP Commercial, Global Commercial Transportation and Industrial in Alcoa. His area of accountability included global market responsibility as well as execution of the innovation and technology roadmap in close cooperation with R&D. Mr Schäfer was a Board Member with the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (the trade association of the aluminium industry) and the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (the umbrella of metal producing companies in Germany) until 2020.

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

  • Brando Benifei

    Brando Benifei

    Member of the European Parliament

    Brando Benifei, European Federalist, is from La Spezia, Italy, and is the Head of Delegation of the Italian S&D MEPs. His main areas of work are Internal Market and Consumers Protection, Employment and Social Affairs, and Constitutional Affairs. He is rapporteur for the Single Market Program and shadow rapporteur for the European Social Fund Plus. He is active on youth policies, digitalisation and rights of persons with disabilities. In the previous term, he was responsible for the European Solidarity Corps, for the Post-Arab Spring in the MENA region and for key reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market, as well as youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative. He was also co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. In 2018, he received the MEP Award for his work on Employment and Social Affairs issues, for his work on youth unemployment. In 2016, Forbes included him in its annual 30 under-30 most influential in EU Politics list.

    Member of the European Parliament



    Co-founder and CEO of FacilityLive

    GIANPIERO LOTITO is Founder, with Mariuccia Teroni, and CEO of FacilityLive: the Italian scaleup that the global media define The European Search Platform. On 30 March 2021 FacilityLive was selected by the European Commission to be part of the EU Unicorns Group aimed to provide thought leadership and contribute to the creation of future European industrial leadership through a new generation of global Champions. At the first meeting of the group, Gianpiero presented the flagship for the creation of a 100 billion Euro European innovation fund.

    Co-founder and CEO of FacilityLive

  • Lina Gálvez Muñoz

    Lina Gálvez Muñoz

    Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Spain

    Lina Gálvez Muñoz is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019. In the EP, she is Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and member of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). She also belongs to the committees on Employment and Social Affairs and Women's Rights and Gender Equality. Lina Gálvez Muñoz PhD, European University Institute (Florence) is Economic History and Institutions Full Professor at the Economics Department at Pablo Olavide University (Seville). She has also been professor at the Universities of Reading (Reading), Carlos III (Madrid), and as a visiting professor at Centre for time use research at Oxford University (Oxford). She has more than hundred scientific publications and she has also been Vice-Rector of her university from 2007 to 2012 and served as Regional Minister of Knowledge, Research and University of the Government of Andalusia from 2018 to 2019.

    Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Spain

  • Maria da Graça Carvalho

    Maria da Graça Carvalho

    MEP, EPP, Portugal

    Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently member of the European Parliament (2019-2024). In the European Parliament she is a full Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and a substitute Member on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and substitute member on Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). She follows as well the parliamentary Delegations for relations with the United States, for relations with the countries of Central America and Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. As a MEP, she was appointed rapporteur of the Specific Programme Implementing HORIZON 2020 and of the report on Simplification of the Rules of Participation in the European Programs for Research and Innovation. In 2011, she was awarded the Prize for the best MEP in the area of Research and Innovation.

    MEP, EPP, Portugal

  • Mariya Gabriel

    Mariya Gabriel

    EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

    Mariya Ivanova Gabriel is a Bulgarian politician and a member of the GERB party serving as European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth since 2019. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2009 to 2017. In the European Parliament, she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women, and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation. She was first appointed to the European Commission in 2017 as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to fill a spot left vacant by the departure of Kristalina Georgieva.

    EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

  • Martins Valters

    Martins Valters

    Co-Founder and CFO/COO at Mintos

    Martins Valters is Co-Founder and CFO/COO at Mintos, an award-winning global marketplace for investing in loans. Prior to Mintos, Martins has spent eleven years at Ernst & Young undertaking audits, due diligence and consultations for large banking groups across Europe. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant with a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

    Co-Founder and CFO/COO at Mintos

  • Susana Solís Pérez

    Susana Solís Pérez

    Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Spain

    Born in Avilés, Spain, 1971. Susana Solís is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Oviedo, Machine Engineer from the Fachhochschule de Osnabrück (Germany), and holds an MBA from the Business Institute and a Master's Degree in Marketing Management from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid). She has over 18 years of professional experience in several multinationals in Germany (Mercedes Benz, Robert Bosch) and in Spain (Rexel, Essilor and Johnson & Johnson). In May 2015, she was elected Deputy in the Parliament of Madrid, being the spokeswoman for Ciudadanos in the Committee on Budgets, Economy, Finance and Employment. Since May 2019 she is MEP in the European Parliament in the Renew Europe Group and a member of the ITRE, REGI, ENVI, and FEMM Committees.

    Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Spain

  • Tim van der Hagen

    Tim van der Hagen

    Rector Magnificus / President Executive Board, TU Delft

    Tim van der Hagen (born 1959) has been President of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) since May 2016 and also Rector Magnificus since January 2018. He studied Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology. After taking his doctorate in 1989 at TU Delft, he stayed on at the Reactor Institute Delft, which conducts radiation-related research into energy, materials and health. He was director of the Institute between 2005 and 2012. In 1999 he was appointed professor of Reactor Physics. Between September 2010 and May 2016 he was Dean of the Applied Sciences faculty at TU Delft. During this latter period Tim was one of the instigators of the Delft Plan, published in 2015, which set out TU Delft’s vision on how the Netherlands could play a leading role in the European energy market. In 2015, he was also the co-author of an advisory report ‘A prosperous nation without CO2: Towards a sustainable energy supply by 2050’ produced by the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli). Van der Hagen has broad managerial experience in the field of energy, including as a former member of the Dutch Energy Council and the Top team of the Top Sector Energy in the Netherlands. Both bodies advise the government on the implementation of energy policy. In addition to this he is a member of the national Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI) which was established by the Dutch government to advise the government and parliament on policy in the areas of scientific research, technological development and innovation. Furthermore, Tim is a Board member of the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIvI), a member of the Board of the Netherlands Energy Research Alliance (NERA) and of GROW (Growth through Research, Development and Demonstration in Offshore Wind), member of the Supervisory Board of Central Organisation for Radioactive Waste (COVRA) and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Strategic Advisory Board on Energy and the Supervisory Board of Advanced Dutch Energy Materials (ADEM). He also holds a chair in the General board of the 4TU Federation, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Steering Committee of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Alliance (LDE). Between May 2014 and May 2016 he was Chair of the Supervisory Board of HollandPTC (Holland Particle Therapy Centre) jointly built on the Delft campus by the Erasmus and Leiden University Medical Centres and the TU Delft . In May 2016, Tim van der Hagen was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In his free time, he plays in a pop cover band and he enjoys going to jazz concerts, the theatre and museums.

    Rector Magnificus / President Executive Board, TU Delft

  • Tsvetelina Marinova Penkova

    Tsvetelina Marinova Penkova

    MEP, S&D, Bulgaria

    Ms Penkova is from Bulgaria and a Member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. She is also a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO).

    MEP, S&D, Bulgaria

  • Victor Negrescu

    Victor Negrescu

    Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Romania

    Victor Negrescu is the vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee and rapporteur on the shaping of an European digital education policy. He is an emerging leader, active in the field of education, digital innovation, entrepreneurship, European financing, citizens' rights, and institutional affairs. His latest success was to promote in the European Parliament a resolution on education and to introduce in the Recovery and Resilience Facility a recommendation to Member States to allocate 10% for education and 2% for the culture and creative sector. Former Romanian Minister for EU Affairs in charge with the preparation of the EU Council Presidency, he was in the past a digital innovator and a professor before holding the position of MEP. Victor Negrescu is an active promoter of EU values, chairing the PES activists Romania and European Movement Romania organizations. He won in 2015 the MEP of the Year Award for the digital agenda and got recently an award from the Romanian digital industry for his efforts in promoting digital skills and education. As a civic activist, he managed to promote several European petitions calling for citizens and social rights at EU level. MEP Victor Negrescu is a strong advocate for a fair social Europe, based on common policies in the field of education, innovation & digital sector, protection of the environment, healthcare and infrastructure.

    Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Romania