The public sector plays a key economic role as a regulator, service provider, and employer. Jobs provided by public sector account for more than 25% of total employment and a significant share of economic activity in EU countries. An efficient and productive public sector can be a strong driver of private sector growth. Nowadays, there is a strong justification for efficiency gains, better governance, faster delivery, and more citizens' involvement in public sector.
In 2013, the European Commission launched a pilot European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard (EPSIS) to improve the ability to benchmark the innovation performance of the public sector in Europe. The key results show that the public sector in Europe innovates but it still faces a number of obstacles.
The Commission works in close cooperation with the OECD on public sector innovation.
Based on a pan-EU survey carried out in 2012, the Commission published a report on public sector Innovation in the EU. It explains the different understandings of public sector innovations in EU countries, identifies the main drivers and barriers to PSI, and draws lessons from some 30 cases. The study collates data from interviews with public officials, national experts, and academics, as well as national statistics.
The report is complemented by six case studies that present detailed experiences in various countries and sectors:
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