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Denmark - 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
Report type
R&I performance
Geo coverage
Publication date
10 November 2016

European Semester Country Report

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.

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

European Semester - Country specific recommendation

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