REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the implementation of Decision No 1608/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on science and technology statistics

1. This is a report from the European Commission providing an assessment of how statistics on science, technology and innovation are collected within the European Union. The Commission is required under the Decision No 1608/2003/EC (hereinafter- ‘the Decision’) to present such a report to the European Parliament every three years. This is the fifth report.

2. Actions under the Decision aim to create a statistical information system on science and innovation to support and monitor EU policies. Actions require:

2.1. Member states to deliver statistics on a regular basis;
2.2. New statistical variables on science and innovation to be produced;
2.3. Improvements in data manuals and standards as well as data quality, comparability and timeliness; and
2.4. Improvements in the dissemination and documentation of statistics.

3. This report focuses on what the Commission perceives to be key developments and improvements in statistical collection since the previous report was produced in 2018. These include:

3.1. From 2021, the Decision will be repealed, and the EU will adopt Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 on European business statistics, which aims to bring a better integration of different branches of business statistics and different statistical production systems. Overall requirements on producing statistics are being kept at the current level to limit cost.
3.2. A better integration of R&D and innovation statistics into European business statistics to improve the quality of the data and produce data with greater efficiency.
3.3. The adaptation of the data collection on R&D to the 2015 edition of the Frascati Manual.
3.4. The review of the Community Innovation Survey to increase the quality and policy relevance of the survey’s results and align it with the latest edition of the Oslo Manual.

Topic  Innovation 
Department  DBEIS 
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COM Reference  COM(20)738 
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  1. COM(20)738 - 196 KB - PDF
  2. EM COM(20)738 - 102 KB - pdf

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