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17 March 2010

Scoreboard shows more innovation needed in Europe
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Most EU Member States until 2008 were steadily improving their innovation performance. The economic crisis may, however, be hampering this progress, according to the 2009 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published today. Early indications show that the worst hit are Member States with lower levels of innovation performance, potentially reversing the convergence process witnessed over recent years. Meanwhile, the latest statistics show that the EU is having difficulty in catching up with the US in innovation performance, although it maintains a clear lead over the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, despite rapid improvements in China.


The EIS 2009 includes 29 innovation-related indicators with publicly available data from 2007/2008 and trend analyses for the EU27 Member States, as well as for Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The 29 indicators are grouped around three categories: enablers (human resources, finance and support), firm activities (firm investments, linkages & entrepreneurship, throughputs) and outputs (innovators, economic effects). It does not capture yet the full effects of the recent economic and financial crises.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"This scoreboard provides invaluable evidence on trends in innovation performance. The overall picture is positive, there are however some worrying signs and we will have to take this very seriously in developing the measures to accomplish what we just laid out in our Europe 2020 strategy. Increasing investment in research and innovation is the key to moving from crisis to sustainable prosperity. That is why the Commission is maintaining the 3% of GDP target for R&D investment in Europe and proposing realistic national targets with robust monitoring"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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European Enterprise Awards 2010 � 12 nominees shortlisted

 
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Halving the number of business failures by offering individual support, doubling the number of young people who want to start their own business or raising by 500% the number of enterprising new cooperatives are just some of the projects nominated for the European Enterprise Awards 2010. The awards aim to reward the best initiatives contributing to a entrepreneurial and business-friendly Europe, for example by boosting small and medium sized companies and creating new jobs. The winners will be announced on 31 May 2010 in a special ceremony during the Small Business Act conference in Madrid.

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2010: A key year for Chemicals Registration and Notification - Act now!

 
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Producing or importing chemicals? 30.11. 2010 is the deadline under REACH for registration of most hazardous substances, substances very toxic to the aquatic environment, or substances above 1 000 tonnes. Vice President Tajani and Commissioner Potoçnik will visit ECHA next week manifesting their firm intention of backing REACH as a key example of balance-striking between the three pillars (competitiveness, social and environment) of sustainable development.

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SME Week 2010: A second chance in business - to benefit all of us

 
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Many well-established companies only exist because their founders did not give up after failing at their first hurdle. Business failure has to be taken seriously, but to tap the full potential of business to create wealth and jobs in Europe, we should ensure that genuinely talented entrepreneurs have every opportunity to give it another try.

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