EU KLEMS was initiated as a research project funded by the European Commission, Research Directorate General as part of the 6th Framework Programme, Priority 8, “Policy Support and Anticipating Scientific and Technological Needs”. Its original name was “Productivity in the European Union: A Comparative Industry Approach“. The EUKLEMS acronym stands for EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs.

The initial project lasted from 2003-2008 and was developed by 18 European research institutes under the coordination of the University of Groningen, Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC), who also hosted (and still hosts) the original EUKLEMS website http://www.euklems.net. For more information about the original project, please visit this site.

After the end of the Framework Project the EU KLEMS database underwent various updates in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2016. These are documented at http://www.euklems.net.