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This report sets out the initial findings of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on the intangible economy, which was set up in response to a request by the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise. Its conclusions and recommendations represent the first milestone in a study programme launched in January 2000, and pre- sent new evidence on the influence of business intangibles on corporate performance and productivity, together with an assessment of the implications for companies, financial markets, public institutions and regulators.

The report starts with an executive summary and the remainder is structured in four parts. Part I discusses the economic transformations currently at work and the essential responses for European companies to remain in the premier competitiveness league. Part II explores and presents fresh evidence on the links between intangible investment and economic performance. The implications for official statistical and accounting systems are reviewed in Part III, by reference to national accounts and economic indicators, capital markets and internal management accounting practice. Part IV concludes with a rationale and priorities for policy orientation.

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Authors: EUSTACE C, EC-High Level Expert Group (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 92894 EN (2001), pp59, Euro: 20.00
Availability: Available from Office of Official Publications for European Communities: 2 rue Mercier, L-2985 Luxembourg. tel:+352-29-29-42455 fax: +325-29-29-42758 email: URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0019-6
Record Number: 200013231 / Last updated on: 2001-03-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en