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First estimates of Research & Development expenditure - R&D expenditure in the EU remained stable in 2016 at just over 2% of GDP - Almost two thirds spent in the business sector

Brussels, 1 December 2017

In 2016, the Member States of the European Union (EU) spent all together over €300 billion on Research & Development (R&D). The R&D intensity, i.e. R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP, remained stable at 2.03% in 2016. Ten years ago (2006), R&D intensity was 1.76%. 

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STAT/17/5061


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