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22 Jan 2015

Eurostat survey: Proportion of innovative enterprises in EU decreased in 2010-12

The proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU fell below 50% in 2010-2012, according to the Community Innovation Survey 2012 which was published by Eurostat on 21 January 2015. 48.9% of enterprises of 10 or more employees carried out innovation activities during that period, compared to 51.5% in 2006-2008 and 52.8% in 2008-2010. This pattern was observed in the majority of Member States.

Innovation activities refer to product and process innovation as well as organisational and marketing innovation. More innovation activities were found in organisational (27.5%) and marketing activities (24.3%) than in product innovations (23.7%) and process innovations (21.4%).

The Eurostat Community Innovation Survey 2012 contains a broad set of indicators on innovation activities of enterprises and provides information on strategies and obstacles for reaching the innovative enterprises’ goals. The findings are used for monitoring several EU policies and provide input into the Innovation Union Scoreboard

The full text of the survey is available on the Eurostat website: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/6483064/9-21012015-BP-EN.pdf/ad7e4bf6-fc8f-459b-a47e-da1c9043bf2e

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