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External links on European competitiveness

Doing Business Regional Report: Europe

by World Bank Group

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium- size business when complying with relevant regulation. This
regional profile presents the Doing Business indicators for economies in European Union.  It also shows the regional average, the best performance globally for each indicator and data for the following comparator regions: East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America and OECD High Income.

Golden Growth: Restoring the lustre of the European Economic model

By Indermit Gill, Martin Raiser, The World Bank

The report documents the achievements of the European growth model over the last 50 years. Accounting for the stresses it is experiencing and assessing the longer-term challenges that Europe will face, the report then evaluates the six principal components of the model: Trade, Finance, Enterprise, Innovation, Labor, and Government.

Global Competitiveness Report

by the World Economic Forum

The report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, providing insight
into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.

European Competitiveness Report

by European Comission

The report is dedicated to the role of manufacturing in making the growth path irreversible and sustainable in the long term. In particular, the report looks at the EU-US productivity gap and finds that after a short period of narrowing prior to the crisis, it is widening again. A decomposition of US higher productivity gains vis-à-vis the EU shows that they are accounted for by a higher contribution of investment in ICT and by higher total factor productivity gains.

EU Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI)

by European Commission

The regional indicator 'EU Regional Competitiveness Index is the first composite indicator which provides a synthetic picture of territorial competitiveness for each of the NUTS 2 regions of the 27 EU Member States. It builds on and modifies the approach of the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum and consists of eleven pillars grouped in three groups: Basic, Efficiency and Innovation. It takes into account the level of development of the region by emphasising basic issues in less developed regions, and innovative capacity in more developed regions. The pillars measure not only issues relevant to firms but also those relevant to residents of the regions in question and their quality of life.

Eurostat Regional Yearbook

Gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as the regions of EFTA and candidate countries.

Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-2019

European Added Value Unit, European Parliament, 2015

The study brings together work-in-progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by the Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development.

The benefits may be measured in additional GDP generated or a more rational use of public resources.

European attractiveness survey

by Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young's Attractiveness program focuses on insights derived from understanding growth from a foreign direct investment perspective into countries and regions across the globe.

European Business Awards

Since 2007, the European Business Awards has been shining a light on the most innovative businesses on the continent by promoting success, innovation and ethics in the European business community.

Fortune Most admired companies

For the 50 most admired companies overall, respondents in the region were asked to vote for the companies that they admired most, from any industry.

Global Location Trends 2016 annual report

by IBM Global Business Services

This report outlines the latest trends in corporate location selection — where companies are locating and expanding their businesses and creating jobs around the world.

European Innovation Scoreboard

by European Comission
It provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU Member States, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

Competitiveness and Clusters: Implications for a New European Growth Strategy
Christian Ketels, Working paper WWWforEurope project, European Comission, February 2015

The Conference Board Economics Watch® European View

by Conference Board


McKinsey&Company insights on Europe
Reports, articles and other publications on Europe.


European Family Business Barometer

by European Family Businesses and KPMG

The report offers insights into the confidence levels of family businesses, the challenges they face, and the solutions they seek to ensure their development and sustainable growth.

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook

GEM Reports

by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Economic Freedom of the World Report

by Fraser Institute

The annual report uses 42 distinct pieces of data to measure economic freedom in 157 nations.