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18.9.2001

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Official Journal of the European Communities

C 261 E/171

(2001/C 261 E/197)

WRITTEN QUESTION E-0659/01

by Philip Bushill-Matthews (PPE-DE) to the Commission

(6 March 2001)

Subject: Lisbon European Council and innovation

The 2000 Lisbon European Council called on the Council and the Commission, together with the Member States where appropriate to ‘introduce by June 2001 a European innovation scoreboard.’ Does the Commission believe this target will be met, and what evidence can it provide to support its view?

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission

(11 May 2001)

In March 2000, the Lisbon European Council asked to make available, by June 2001, a ‘European Innovation Scoreboard’.

An initial version of this scoreboard was published as an annex to the Communication ‘Innovation in a knowledge driven economy’ adopted by the Commission on 20 September 2000 ( 1 ). It includes 16 indicators in four broad areas (human resources; creation of new knowledge; transmission and application of knowledge; innovation finance, outputs and markets) ( 2 ).

The informal conference of Industry Ministers in Manchester in February 2001 accentuated the Lisbon request:

The European Commission should further develop and present by June 2001 the European Innovation Scoreboard, taking into account both quantitative and qualitative aspects, and ensuring that data collection is rapid and appropriate.

The further development of the ‘European Innovation Scoreboard’ is well underway. The structure of the scoreboard will remain the same, but it is planned to make available more recent figures for 11 out of the 16 indicators. In the future, the availability of more up-to-date data is expected to be significantly enhanced by the agreement of the Member States to carry out the ‘Community Innovation Survey’ more frequently.

The June 2001 scoreboard should furthermore also present Trend data for 11 indicators. It will therefore go beyond the ‘snapshot’ character of the initial version. Qualitative aspects will be covered with reference to the work under the ‘European Trend Chart on Innovation’, a Commission project providing regular surveys of innovation policies in the Member States.

In the light of the above it is the view of the Commission that the ‘European Innovation Scoreboard’ will be available in line with the Lisbon request and schedule.

The Commission is sending direct to the Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat available documents referring to the information requested.

( 1 ) ( 2 )

COM(2000) 567 final. The draft version of the scoreboard is available from www.cordis.lu/trendchart.