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Lithuania - 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

Overall, the innovation performance of Lithuania remains moderate. European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2016 ranks the country 24th in EU. Despite some improvements, Lithuania's innovation performance therefore remains among the lowest in the EU. Lithuania faces numerous challenges to improve its innovation performance.

Lithuania's investment in R&D steadily increased in recent years to reach 1.04 % of GDP in 2015. However, return on public R&D investment is low. The majority of R&D output is produced by public research institutions, with weak capacity to exploit results for economic benefits. Lithuania has pockets of international scientific excellence, but these do not outweigh the disadvantages of the low critical mass for research.

 Private sector capacity to invest into research and innovation remains low due to the structure of the economy. The medium-high-tech and high-tech sectors are small and their aggregate share in the economy stagnates. Photonics and bio-pharmaceuticals are the leading Lithuania’s high-tech sectors. The latter has a strong science base with good connections to business and has proven capable of attracting foreign direct investment.

The research and innovation policy planning and implementation continue to suffer from fragmentation and lack of coordination. The policy planning and implementation is split among several ministries and implementing agencies. Recently, however, important policy reform initiatives have been launched and are hoped to provide a significant impetus to country's innovation performance.

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 Lithuania on research and innovation in 2016.

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