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.
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.
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Denmark has already reached the national 2020 R&D intensity target of 3 % of GDP. Business Enterprise R&D Expenditures increased substantially between 2007 and 2009 but since then there has been a downward trend.
The human resources base in science and technology has successfully expanded but the availability of appropriate skills and competences to meet current needs of the labour market is a challenge felt more prominently by companies that are located outside the two large urban centres which have difficulties in attracting skilled professionals.
There is a need for stronger links between the players in the R&I system to foster knowledge transfer and firms' performance in spite of the remarkable scientific production and excellence. These include obstacles to the utilisation of university research and sometimes different views regarding the pricing of intellectual property rights. Denmark ranked only 20th within the EU in terms of public expenditure on R&D financed by business (as a % of GDP) in 2015.
Denmark is an Innovation Leader according to the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 with but the latest Community Innovation Survey (CIS) data show that some indicators have worsened. The share of innovative enterprises is only slightly above the EU-average.
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|2017||MLE Ex-post evaluation of business R&I grant schemes report||Download the full report|
|2016||Modus Operandi of the MLE on Alignment and Interoperability: National Coordination||Download the full report|