To improve its competitiveness as a strong region within Europe, Flanders has affirmed its commitment to the European objective of spending 3% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on Research and Development (R&D) by 2020 (for more details see ‘Investigating in European Research. Towards 3% of GDP’). Progress in approaching this 3% objective is checked each year based on numbers obtained from the R&D Survey and the Innovation Survey (CIS).

The 3% light note, published on June 30, 2020, discusses the R&D numbers for the period 2008-2018. R&D expenditures are being discussed, the breakdown of private versus public funding of R&D is checked, and the numbers of Flanders are benchmarked against those of Belgium as a whole, as well as those of other countries, both within and outside of Europe.

On July 3, 2020 the GDP for Flanders has been updated for the 2009-2014 period. We have implemented these revisions in a new version of the 3% light note. 

3% note 2020

3 % Note

Previous editions of the 3% note

ECOOM delivers the 3% note since 2007. The 3% notes of the previous years can be consulted below.