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Consultation process

The Innovation Strategy of the Free State of Saxony was created in a comprehensive strategy development process.


  1. Intensive analyses
    The strategy is based on a wide scope of analyses. Comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data was evaluated to identify the strengths and weaknesses in Saxony's innovation system as well as existing potentials and problems, needs and barriers. Best practice analyses (e.g. Scandinavia, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan) have been a valuable input for the development of new support measures.
  2. Specialist forums
    Bilateral specialist meetings, work groups and specialist forums were created for delving deeper into important topics, e.g. the forum for innovation financing (October 27, 2010).
  3. Coordination between ministries
    In 2010 an intensive discussion and coordination process according to the innovation strategy started that involved both various departments within the Saxony State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport as well as other ministries.
  4. Participation of the economic, social and scientific partners
    The first step in the discussion process with the economic, social and scientific partners (stakeholders) was the distribution of a draft strategy on November 21,2011. Large participatory meetings were held on January 10, February 9 and September 12, 2012. In addition, there was a series of smaller meetings.
    The cooperation was not limited to these meetings. Parallel to every participatory meeting, written statements were submitted to the Saxony State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport. After the first participatory meeting, the approximately 170 recommendations were prioritized based on an evaluation sheet.
  5. Cooperation with Saxon companies
    A series of events for Saxon companies (e.g. “Dialog Wirtschaft – Wissenschaft” on January 12, 2012 and September 13, 2012) played an important role in integrating the business sector in the strategy development process.
  6. Cooperation with the Landtag (state parliament)
    The Saxony Landtag was continuously informed of the status and content of the innovation strategy. This applies in particular to the Landtag’s Commission »Strategies for a future-oriented technology and innovation policy in the Free State of Saxony«.
  7. Coordination with the European Commission’s S3 platform
    Starting in 2011, there has been an intensive dialogue with the European Commission, in particular with the S3 Smart Specialization Platform. The draft strategy was assessed by both an external expert and the specialists of the S3 platform.
  8. Cross-border cooperation
    During the course of developing Saxony's innovation strategy, meetings were held with neighbouring German, Polish and Czech regions. These meetings were used in particular to discuss potentials for future cooperation
  9. Resolutions of Saxony’s cabinet
    • On July 10, 2012 the Saxon Cabinet releases the draft strategy for the consultation of economic and social partners as well as civil society.
    • On July 12, 2013 the Saxon Cabinet adopted the innovation strategy.


Cooperative development process

The complexity of innovation processes no longer allows for isolated thinking and action. The innovation strategy was developed in close cooperation with the key players from economy, science and politics as well as the relevant administrative departments. The cooperative and participatory procedure served to:

- improve the detection of problems and further develop and substantiate recommendations for the coming years,
- increase the strategic fit of promotional programs with regards to the requirements of Saxon companies and science and
- increase the acceptance of the results.

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Source: SMWA

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