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Innovation policy in six candidate countries: the challenges. Final report

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


Innovation Policy Studies - Geographical Issues and Approaches

This report is the first of two studies, commissioned by DG Enterprise, examining the level of development of and the key challenges for innovation policy in the countries currently in the process of accession to the European Union. It was carried out during the period June 2000 to September 2001 and covered the so-called Luxembourg Group (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia). The aim was to examine and analyze the current framework conditions for selected innovation issues in those six candidate states,

The (second study) was completed during the 15-month period from October 2001 and concerns the so-called Helsinki group (Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Turkey),

The final report seeks to offer a response to the nine priority issues, which can be summarized in the form of six general questions:
- How has the transition process influenced the potential for businesses to innovate?
- Where do the candidate countries stand in terms of innovation performance?
- Is there a suitably competitive legal and institutional environment conducive to stimulating innovative activity?
- Who is responsible for innovation policy matters in the candidate countries?
- To what extent have these countries developed an innovation policy?
- What types of initiatives have been taken in specific areas of innovation policy?

The report is published by the Innovation Directorate of DG Enterprise as Innovation Papers no. 16 (EUR 17036)

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