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The present publication brings together a selection of indicators from three recent Commission documents prepared in the Enterprise DG: the European Competitiveness Report, the Innovation Scoreboard and the Enterprise Policy Scoreboard (Benchmarking Enterprise Policy). The data give an overview of some key determinants that constitute the foundations of Europe�s productivity and entrepreneurial performance in the advent of the new century.

The focus of the 2001 European Competitiveness Report is on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT), and innovation in productivity and economic growth. During the second half of the 1990s, the EU has not performed particularly well when compared to our international partners, especially the US. The Lisbon European Council recognized the long-term implications of this under-performance should it not be urgently reversed. The Competitiveness Report suggests that the introduction and diffusion of new technologies can play an important role in the growth of the standards of living in the EU.
The Report also reviews the performance of European biotechnology as a special case of innovation. The Commission has already recognized the great importance of biotechnology.

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