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Poland - 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

Research and innovation are increasingly regarded as engines of long-term growth in Poland, but challenges remain in such areas as the innovativeness of the business sector,  the commercialisation of research results as well as the quality of science and its internationalisation.  The research and innovation' outputs are still far below EU standards but the R&D investment has been gradually increasing (from 0.6 % of GDP in 2007 to 1 % of GDP in 2015), supported by public financing with a strong role of the EU structural funds. The increases in BERD are also noted and are supposed to be further increased thanks to the introduction of the R&D tax incentives as from 2016. Although it is too early to assess the uptake of these incentives, their availability and size have been already extended in 2017, when the first Act on Innovativeness entered into force.

The government has launched a comprehensive revision of the whole strategic and legislative R&D framework, as presented in the Responsible Development Plan which identifies the economy’s limited capacity to innovate as one of five major growth barriers in Poland and includes a number of measures to overcome barriers to innovation. It proposes a stronger thematic focus of R&D investment by prioritising national and regional smart specialisations. Moreover, The Strategy for Science and Higher Education comprises three key pillars of reforms, focusing on higher education and science system (‘Law 2.0’), science's links with business and its societal impact. The first elements of the reforms came into force in October 2016 and the future reform of the Higher Education Sector is being prepared with the large involvement of stakeholders.

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

European Semester - Country specific recommendation

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

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