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This report is published as a Commission Staff Working Paper, in conjunction with the report "Productivity: The Key to Competitiveness of European Economies and Enterprises" - COM(2002) 262 final.

The 2002 Competitiveness Report complements and extends the material discussed in the 2001 European Competitiveness Report. The two complementary parts concern, respectively, the importance of human capital in European economic and productivity growth and productivity performance in European services. These complete the overview of European productivity performance and its proximate determinants in the period since the mid-1990s initiated in last year�s Report.

Two other parts of the present Report are new to this reflection. First, the Report discusses the relationship between enterprise policy and competition policy and the synergy that exists between the two policies. Maintaining and strengthening this synergy is important because there is a clear link between the intensity of competition in an economy and its competitiveness on a global scale. Secondly, a possible conflict exists in the unrestrained pursuit of economic and productivity growth and the respect for sustainability constraints.

The Report reviews the performance of the manufacturing industry in the European Union from the perspective of environmental sustainability.

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Record Number: 1820 / Last updated on: 2002-05-27