The document "Trends in European Research & Development in the EU 2015" published by the European Commission in its follow-up of the Digital Agenda progress, summarizes the evolution of ICT in the EU during 2006-2012 period in terms of value added, employment, R&D investment, research staff, and public expenditure on R&D in this sector, taking as reference the results of the PREDICT project.
The Digital Agenda is one of the seven pillars of the EU 2020 Strategy for Growth. Through this pillar, the European Commission aims to exploit the potential of information and communications technology in order to foster innovation, economic growth and progress. The main objective of the Digital Agenda is to create a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.
The information found in this report can be accessed and downloaded through the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) website which publishes annually a comprehensive report and database on ICT sector activities. The Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (Ivie) is responsible for the development of the statistical information and its analysis for the European Commission’s Prospective Insights on R&D in ICT (PREDICT) project. The database covers the period 2006-2012 and contains extensive information on each of the subsectors that make up the ICT sector for EU-28 countries and others, such as United States, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Russia, Canada and Brazil. In addition to the database, the Ivie has also elaborated the PREDICT REPORT 2015 which describes the major developments in the ICT sector and its R&D in Europe.