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Industrial competitiveness

Monitoring progress in the Member States

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Progress has been made by Member States to improve the competitiveness of their economies, but many challenges still remain. An updated Industrial performance scoreboard assesses Member States' industrial performance in five key areas, namely innovation and sustainability; business environment, services and infrastructure; public administration; finance and investment; and skills.

The areas of progress include the business environment that has improved in most Member States, even though this is also a trend seen around of the world. Moreover, exports have performed well and have been the main driver of industrial activity, and most Member States have also improved the skills base of their workforce. While innovation has continued to improve over a number of years, convergence amongst Member States seems to have ended since 2012.

The main problems identified include unresponsive investment since the onset of the crisis; high energy prices for industry; the deterioration of access to finance; and the need to improve the efficiency and effective of public administration in a number of Member States.

To facilitate analysis, the report has used cluster analysis to group Member States in three groups:

  • The consistent cluster – Member States that perform well in all areas of competitiveness: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
  • The moderate cluster – Member States that perform well in some competitiveness areas but have difficulties and deterioration in others: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia.
  • The catching-up cluster – Member States that face significant challenges in many areas but that are quickly improving: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.


Competitiveness report 2013: no growth and jobs without industry

* Press MEMO - Competitiveness report 2013: no growth and jobs without industry

* Press MEMO - Industrial competitiveness of EU member states: some progress made, but many challenges still lay ahead

* Press memo - Without a strong industrial base, Europe's economy cannot prosper 


Annual monitoring report - October 2013 

Member States' Competitiveness Performance and Implementation of EU Industrial Policy report 2013  PDF[5 MB]

* Industrial Performance Scoreboard 2013 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)   PDF[852 kB]

* Data sets  PDF[2MB]

* Excerpts from the detailed report:

Member States' country chapters in English and national languages:

Belgium  PDF[340 kB]

Bulgaria  PDF[440 kB]

Czech Republic  PDF[400 kB]

Denmark  PDF[300 kB]

Germany  PDF[390 kB]

Estonia  PDF[300 kB]

Ireland  PDF[297 kB]

Greece  PDF[316 kB]

Spain  PDF[392 kB]

France  PDF[390 kB]

Croatia  PDF[360 kB]

Italy  PDF[360 kB]

Cyprus  PDF[530 kB]

Latvia  PDF[292 kB]

Lithuania  PDF[292 kB]

Luxembourg  PDF[205 kB]

Hungary  PDF[315 kB]

Malta  PDF[185 kB]

The Netherlands  PDF[372 kB]

Austria  PDF[270 kB]

Poland  PDF[294 kB]

Portugal  PDF[308 kB]

Romania  PDF[351 kB]

Slovenia  PDF[298 kB]

Slovakia  PDF[295 kB]

Finland  PDF[350 kB]

Sweden  PDF[362 kB]

United Kingdom  PDF[371 kB]




Previous monitoring reports:

* Member States competitiveness performance and policies 2012  PDF[4 MB]

* Member States competitiveness performance and policies 2011  PDF[4 MB]

* Member States competitiveness performance and policies 2010  PDF[2 MB]


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