Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

The contribution of business services to industrial performance

As a follow-up to the Commission working paper on "Industrial competitiveness and business services" submitted to the Council in April 1998, the European Commission has issued a communication on the practical implementation of this document.

The key messages of the communicat...
As a follow-up to the Commission working paper on "Industrial competitiveness and business services" submitted to the Council in April 1998, the European Commission has issued a communication on the practical implementation of this document.

The key messages of the communication include the urgent need to improve data and information on business services and their contribution to European competitiveness and job creation. Market access barriers for business services in the Member States must also be identified and removed. It is further underlined that optimal conditions must be created to ensure that the business services sector contributes to employment creation, both in the sector itself, and indirectly through its added value input into industry.

The communication outlines why business services are important to industrial competitiveness and economic growth, with sections dealing with aspects such as basic relationships between the two, the creation of competitive advantages, the development of knowledge and innovation, as well as the possibilities for job creation.

A policy framework is outlined in the final section of the report which aims at the following objectives:

- Improving productivity;
- Promotion of employment possibilities;
- Improving competition in the business services sector;
- Promotion of business services;
- Encouraging the modernisation of public administrations.
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