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Industrial competitiveness

Monitoring progress in the Member States

Progress has been made by Member States to improve the competitiveness of their economies, but many challenges still remain.

European firms have fought hard to maintain their competitiveness during the crisis which started in 2008. However, the severe legacy of the crisis is still being felt in the EU. The report provides an updated Industrial performance scoreboard which assesses Member States' industrial performance in four key areas, namely; investment  and access to finance; innovation and skills; energy, raw materials and sustainability; and access to markets, infrastructure and services. It also looks at how industrial policy has been implemented at European level and in the Member States. 

This year's report focuses in particular on improving the business environment through a growth friendly public administration. The second part of the report is the public administration scoreboard. The quality of public administration is an important driver of Member States' competitiveness. The scoreboard refines the monitoring of Member States through a better coverage of their public administration's performance in a number of areas important for the ease of doing business and growth.

The report shows that the EU has experienced a recovery in exports and an increase in productivity in most Member States. However, many factors still hinder competitiveness in Member States. This includes a lack of investment, limited access to finance and access to markets, in particular for SMEs, high energy prices, and the need for a business environment and a public administration that is more business friendly.

The report classifies Member States in four groups:

  • High and improving competitiveness – the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Ireland.
  • High but stagnating or declining competitiveness – Belgium, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden and Finland.
  • Modest but improving competitiveness – Estonia, Lithuania, Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Greece.
  • Modest and stagnating or declining competitiveness – Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta and Cyprus.


Competitiveness report 2014: Reindustrialising Europe

* Press MEMO/14/526: Progress in industrial competitiveness per EU country

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

* Press release 


Annual monitoring report - September 2014 

Member States' Competitiveness Report 2014: Reindustrialising EuropePDF[9 MB]

* Executive Summary PDF [197 KB] (DE, FR, IT)

* Data sets PDF [216 KB]

* Excerpts from the detailed report:

Member States' country chapters in English and national languages:

Belgium  PDF[377 kB]; FR, NL

Bulgaria  PDF[359 kB] BG

Czech Republic  PDF[460 kB]; CS

Denmark  PDF[369 kB]; DA

Germany  PDF[440 kB]; DE

Estonia  PDF[365 kB]; ET

Ireland  PDF[498 kB]

Greece  PDF[373 kB]; EL

Spain  PDF[376 kB]; ES

France  PDF[432 kB]; FR

Croatia  PDF[404 kB]; HR

Italy  PDF[493 kB]; IT

Cyprus  PDF[467 kB]; EL

Latvia  PDF[418 kB]; LV

Lithuania  PDF[421 kB]; LT

Luxembourg  PDF[370 kB]; FR

Hungary  PDF[515 kB]; HU

Malta  PDF[308 kB]; MT

The Netherlands  PDF[497 kB]; NL

Austria  PDF[439 kB]; DE

Poland  PDF[436 kB]; PL

Portugal  PDF[431 kB]; PT

Romania  PDF[351 kB] RO

Slovenia  PDF[453 kB]

Slovakia  PDF[425 kB]; SK

Finland  PDF[439 kB]; FI; SV

Sweden  PDF[451 kB]; SV

United Kingdom  PDF[431 kB]




Previous monitoring reports:

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

* 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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