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Slovakia - 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

In spite of rising public R&D expenditure, business R&D investment remained unchanged at relatively low levels in recent years. Slovakia’s science base still ranks at the low end compared with other EU Member States. While Slovakia saw an improvement in its overall innovation performance between 2012 and 2014 according to the innovation index of the European Innovation Scoreboard, it still underperforms by EU standards and is classed as a moderate innovator (European Commission, 2016d).

Upgrading Slovakia’s Research and Innovation (R&I) performance requires improvements in the governing policy framework. The slow progress made towards a more efficient and attractive R&I system risks hampering Slovakia’s transition from a cost-based to a more innovation-driven growth model.

Progress on implementing R&I reforms is slow. The continued delays in the adoption of key strategic documents hamper the effective and timely implementation of the reforms envisaged and slow down investment from the Structural Funds.

Further general plans in support of R&D are being developed. The Slovak government adopted a decision in 2016 on the launch of three new programmes to be implemented by the Slovak Research and Development Agency in 2016-2019 with a budget of EUR 92 million. The programmes are linked to the national smart specialisation strategy and the Horizon 2020 European funding programme. They aim in particular to provide support to business R&D, including through cooperation with public research organisations, and to support projects which received high scores in the Horizon 2020 evaluation but were not allocated funding.

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 Slovakia on research and innovation in 2016.

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