Competitiveness of European sectors

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Competitiveness of European sectors

Danish Technological Institute was awarded a framework contract in partnership with ECORYS and Cambridge Econometrics aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the competitive position and underlying factors that drive competition across different sectors of economic activity in Europe.

As we progress through the early years of the 21st century, the EU is undergoing major structural changes in different sectors of economic activity. Globalization, deregulation of trade, a growing ICT penetration in almost all sectors are all factors which impact the nature and means of competitiveness in Europe. The changing order of competition is not least a challenge for the many small and medium sized enterprises in Europe, thus also of a particular policy concern for the European Commission.

Danish Technological Institute, Centre for Policy and Business Analysis, conducted a range of studies about  the competitiveness of different economic sectors in Europe. The studies provided the European Commission and relevant industry stakeholders with in-depth knowledge about the nature and drivers of competitiveness within specific sectors as a basis for forward looking and evidence-based policy making..

Each sector study included:

  • A mapping of the sector's composition and overall situation
  • An analysis of competitiveness parameters pertaining to the specific sector
  • An analysis of essential framework conditions
  • An overall assessment of the competitive position of each sector.
  • A SWOT analysis assessing  the sector’s competitive medium term prospects through identification of  the sector's strengths, weaknesses and potentials, often with use of  scenario techniques.

Danish Technological Institute was in charge of  sector studies on:

  • The competitiveness of the steel sector
  • Small and mediumsized enterprises in the ICT service industry
  • The future skills needs of the construction sector
  • Structural adjustment performance of the manufacturing sector

The studies combined quantitative and qualitative data.