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Austria - European Semester

The Europe 2020 Strategy set a 3% objective for R&D intensity for the EU as a whole and most Member States have adopted a national R&D intensity target for 2020. The European Semester, the EU's annual cycle of economic policy coordination, undertakes a detailed analysis of the EU Member States’ plans for R&I investment and structural reforms of national R&I systems, and provides them with recommendations.

The Annual Growth Survey 2016 highlighted that investing in R&I at national level is critical for growth and that therefore Member States should continue to prioritise public investments in R&I, ensuring their efficiency and leverage with regard to business investment. Member States need to keep up the pace of reforms to ensure an investment-friendly environment. See more information about the European Semester.

 
 

Research and Innovation Performance

The European Semester supports Member States' structural reforms in different policy areas to promote jobs, growth and investment. Research and innovation play a key role in this context. That is why the Commission gives recommendations to and closely work with the Member States to increase the performance of their national R&I systems.

Have a look and see how the country is performing.

Report year
2016
Document type
Exercise type
R&I performance
Geo coverage
Publication date
10 November 2016

European Semester Country Report

Austria ranks second among Member States on public and private R&D spending but has not yet achieved a matching performance in innovation. In Austria R&D spending as a percentage of GDP amounted to 3.07 % in 2015, the second-highest level in the EU. Austria is also among the EU countries with the strongest increase in R&D intensity since 2000, as a result of increases in both public and business R&D expenditure.  Despite the high overall spending levels, funding of basic research remains low and there is scope to increase excellence in research, a field where Austria scores only near the EU average.

Austria’s performance on innovation outputs leaves room for improvement in some areas.  Since formulating its innovation leadership ambition in 2011, Austria has tabled a multitude of initiatives and programmes but has not yet evaluated their overall effectiveness. In 2011 Austria formulated a comprehensive national strategy to boost the performance of its research and innovation system (Der Weg zum Innovation Leader). There has been a growing number of initiatives in recent years focusing on improving knowledge transfer and cooperation between public research (including research at universities) and business

Report year
2017
Document type
Exercise type
European Semester Country Report
Geo coverage
Publication date
23 February 2017

European Semester - Country specific recommendation

No Country specific recommendation for Austria on research and innovation in 2016.

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