Data & Trends
The Innobarometer is a survey on activities and attitudes related to innovation. Each year, it gathers opinions and feedback from the general public and European businesses and provides a unique source of direct information on innovation for policy makers.
Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016 provides a wealth of information on debt, equity, asset-based finance and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented with a review of recent policy measures to support access to finance in 37 countries. This fifth edition of the Scoreboard brings us a step closer to bridging the knowledge gap and provides solid evidence base to improve SME policy making and encourage a culture of evaluation.Greece's situation is depicted on pages 250-258.
During the course of 2015, Commissioner Oettinger met key industry leaders, representatives of national initiatives and of industry, employers and union associations in order to start defining the basic building blocks of an overall strategy for digitising European industry. The European Commission is now asking for feedback and further suggestions on the "Digitising European Industry" initiative. This consultation will remain open until the end of January 2016.
Policy field(s): Internal market: E-commerce, Delivery, Postal services, Parcel
Target group(s): All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from individual citizens, companies, including SMEs, public authorities and associations interested in cross-border parcel delivery in Europe.
Period of consultation: From 06.05.2015 to 29.07.2015.
Objective of the consultation
The study summarizes and builds upon available information on the economic scale of the cultural and creative sectors at both national and European levels. Though there have been many studies on the creative economy, a common definition only very recently been agreed.
The report includes:
• Comparative, qualitative and quantitative analyses aimed at understanding the economic role of the creative and cultural sectors in Europe
• Key factors that will affect the global evolution of creative and cultural sectors and players
The 2014 edition of the European Competitiveness Report focuses on the growth of firms, in particular on certain growth-enhancing measures and framework conditions affecting EU firms. These include the availability of different forms of funding – especially important if small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are to expand – as well as the importance of having an efficient and modern public administration in place.
The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth and to mainstream industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas. This is the key message of the communication For a European Industrial Renaissance.
A new publication was launched called Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation. This book is the result of a two-year programme of work at the OECD on knowledge-based capital involving the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, the Economics Department, the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, the Statistics Directorate and the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.
Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress. The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Germany, Denmark and Finland.