July 4, 2020
The European Commission has already released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, which shows that Europe’s innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. However, more effort is needed to catch up with global innovation leaders like South Korea, Australia and Japan.
The results show that there is a positive trend in most EU countries. The level of performance in innovation registered an increase of 8.9% since 2012. The biggest increases were registered in Lithuania, Malta, Latvia, Portugal and Greece.
In selected areas of innovation, the EU leaders are:
- Sweden – human resources;
- Luxembourg – attractive research systems; intellectual assets;
- Denmark – innovation-friendly environment; finance and support;
- Germany – firm investment;
- Portugal – innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises;
- Austria – linkages and collaboration;
- Ireland – employment impacts and sales impacts
Portugal which had reached the level of “moderates”, rose in the ranking for the category of countries with a strong level of innovation, although it is still below the EU average.
The annual European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) provides a comparative assessment of research and innovation performance of in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It allows policy-makers to assess relative strengths and weaknesses of national research and innovation systems, track progress, and identify priority areas to boost innovation performance.
Source: EUROPEAN COMMISSION