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Poland scores well among preferred locations for R&D


Poland has entered the top five of the most attractive countries for R&D investment outside the home country in an annual survey of EU-based companies by the European Commission. The recently-published 2010 EU Survey on R&D Investment Business Trends asked several hundred mainly large companies to name their preferred location for R&D investment. Of the 56 firms that singled out a country other than their own, the United States came top with 12 responses, followed by China with 11, Germany and India with eight, and Poland and Brazil with three (the makeup of the top four was identical in previous surveys, while Poland and Brazil replaced Ireland and France).

The key finding of the survey is that EU-based companies expect their investment in R&D to grow by 5% a year over 2010-2013, more than double the projected rate in last year’s study. According to the European Commission, the higher level of expectations "reflects a generally improved economic climate", though it has yet to recover to pre-crisis levels (in 2007 it was 7%).

The survey is based on 205 responses from the 1,000 EU-based companies in the 2010 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

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