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LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), March 14 (SeeNews) – Croatia has the highest percentage of companies with innovation activity among the countries of Southeast Europe with 48% of all enterprises, according to a new Eurostat survey.
The percentage is close to the EU average of 51%.
“The share of innovative enterprises increased or stayed the same in 20 EU Member States and decreased in eight,” the EU's statistical office said in a community innovation survey for the period 2014-2016 published earlier this week.
Strong increases were reported for Estonia, Portugal, Finland and Croatia.
Among SEE countries, Croatia was followed by Slovenia with 40% of enterprises of 10 employees or more reporting innovation activity, and Bulgaria with 27%.
Romania ranks last among the 28 EU member states in terms of innovative enterprises with the lowest share (10%) of such firms in the total number of companies.
During the period 2014-2016, the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity in the EU members stated were recorded in Belgium (68%), Portugal (67%), Finland (65%), Luxembourg (64 %) and Germany (64 %).