| CEECs and the other applicant countries? What are their governments doing to foster innovation as a source of new competitiveness and employment, and to identify and remove the barriers which impede it? |
In May 2000, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise commissioned a study to assess the current climate for innovation in six candidate countries - Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia(1). "The Commission services attach a great deal of importance to this work," says José-Ramón Tíscar of the Innovation Policy Unit. "The final report, which will be available in September, will identify and analyse key issues in each country and outline a range of policy scenarios. We expect it to stimulate serious debate in these countries, and to give their policy-makers a powerful tool for assessing and specifying additional measures in this field."
(1) See also 'Stars Rising in the East', edition 4/00.