Research and innovation have been confirmed as key challenges
in the new Lisbon Partnership for Growth and Jobs. More research
is a key factor for the creation of new jobs and improved
economic performance in Europe. However, according to a recent
study of the Commission, the innovation gap between the EU und
the US has not narrowed down in recent years and the catch-up
process in most of the EU countries which lag behind is much too
slow. To address this on an EU level, the Commission has
recently tabled a new Action Plan which centres around four
strands, comprising 19 different actions. One of them is better
and wider use of fiscal incentives.
It is in that perspective that the Commission services launched
this survey. Its purpose was to obtain empirical data on the use
of various fiscal incentives for R&D across the EU, and their
effect on the level of investment in R&D activities.
- Aggregate results