EU’S INNOVATION PERFORMANCE OUTSTRIPS THE US FOR FIRST TIME

This year’s European innovation scoreboard was released on 17 June 2019. The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The 2019 edition of the scoreboard highlights that the EU’s innovation performance continues to improve. Compared to last year, innovation performance improved in 24 of the 28 EU member states and the growth rate of lower-performing countries compared to higher-performing countries has accelerated. Since 2011, the EU’s average innovation performance has increased by 8.8 percentage points.

The figures published this year reveal that the EU’s performance has surpassed the United States for the first time and has a considerable lead over Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa. However, China is catching up at three times the EU’s innovation performance growth rate and Canada, Australia and Japan maintain a performance lead over the EU.

Within the EU, innovation performance has increased in 25 countries since 2011. Sweden is the 2019 EU innovation leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands. Estonia,Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdoms are the fastest growing innovators.

The biennial regional innovation scoreboard (a regional extension of the European innovation scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions based on a limited number of indicators) was also published on 17 June.

This year the Commission has introduced the European innovation scoreboard interactive tool which allows for customised comparisons of performance scores.  The visitor can visualise country profiles, compare relative strengths, weaknesses and trends, and test correlations between indicators. The new tool is available at https://interactivetool.eu/EIS/index.html while the main scoreboard report, a summary and annexes can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/innovation/facts-figures/scoreboards_en

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