The Innovation 2000 Initiative was created as the Bank's contribution to the "Lisbon Strategy", endorsed by the European Council Summit in Lisbon on 23-24 March 2000 and developed in subsequent summits, notably in Stockholm on 23-24 March 2001 (when endorsing the extension of i2i to the Accession Countries).

By end 2001 i2i had run about half of its course. It is thus an appropriate moment to take stock of developments since then, and draw some preliminary conclusions.