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In the European Union, just under half (48.9 percent) of enterprises of 10 employees or more reported innovation activity during the period 2010-2012. The proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU dropped in 2010-2012 compared with both 2006-2008 (51.5 percent innovative enterprises) and the peak recorded in 2008-2010 (52.8 percent). This pattern was observed in the majority of Member States, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, announced based on the Community Innovation Survey 2012.
Third of Lithuanian enterprises innovate
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In Lithuania, 32.9 percent of enterprises were innovative in 2010-2012, down from 34.5 percent in 2008-2010.

Innovation activities refer to product and process innovation as well as organisational and marketing innovation. Between 2010 and 2012, innovation in EU enterprises related mainly to organisation (27.5 percent of all enterprises), followed by marketing innovations (24.3 percent), product innovations (23.7 percent) and process innovations (21.4 percent). It should be noted that enterprises could have introduced innovations in more than one single area.

During the period 2010-2012, the highest proportions of enterprises with innovation activity were recorded in

Germany (66.9 percent of enterprises), Luxembourg (66.1 percent) and Ireland (58.7 percent). On the contrary, less than 30 percent of

enterprises had innovation activity in that period in Romania (20.7 percent), Poland (23.0 percent) and Bulgaria (27.4 percent).

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