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Innovation in Europe, Results for the EU, Iceland and Norway

Funded under: FP5-INNOVATION-SME


In 2003 the Communication of the Commission 'Innovation policy: updating the Union's approach in the context of the Lisbon strategy' developed a renewed vision of innovation in Europe, its role and importance, its challenges and its multifaceted character. [...] Much remains to be done to meet the Lisbon goal, not only in creating new knowledge through research, but also in the transfer and application of already existing leading edge technologies.
In subsequent policy discussions, the Competitiveness Council reiterated these messages, inviting the Commission to create a framework of common objectives for innovation policy including an assessment mechanism for taking stock of the progress achieved. In 2004 a new European Action Plan on Innovation will be launched to put this analysis into practice.
All these political efforts depend on the existence of a sound statistical basis. The Community Innovation Survey (CIS) provides this basis. It is the main statistical instrument that allows the monitoring of Europe's progress in the area of innovation. The CIS creates a better understanding of the innovation process and analyses the effects of innovation on the economy (regarding competitiveness, employment, economic growth, trade patterns, etc.).
Three waves of the Community Innovation Survey have already been carried out. Based on the Oslo manual that provides the methodological guidelines, this publication presents the results of the Third Community Innovation Survey (CIS 3) for most of the EU countries, Norway and Iceland.
In part one, a general overview of the CIS 3 results, on the basis of an EU aggregate are presented, before examining innovation across enterprise size-classes and by NACE Sections. Part one finishes by looking at employment and market characteristics of enterprises with innovation activity. Part two then provides a set of tables by country, looking at the same set of innovation features that are mentioned above.

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