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European Innovation Scoreboard: Performance improves in the EU

The European Commission released The European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, a measurement of innovation performance. The European Commission released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, a measurement of innovation performance. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower-performing countries growing faster than higher-performing ones, therefore closing the innovation gap among them. According to the 2021 Regional Innovation Scoreboard, this trend applies to innovation across EU regions.

EU’s innovation leaders are Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Belgium while Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Poland are at the lower end of the innovation ranking. This proves the geographical concentration of the performance groups with “innovation leaders” and “strong innovators” located in Northern and Western Europe, while “moderate” and “emerging” innovators are in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Globally, according to the results, the EU is performing better than its competitors like China, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, and India, while South Korea, Canada, Australia, the United States, and Japan have a performance lead over the EU. This year's European Innovation Scoreboard is based on a revised framework, which includes new indicators on digitalisation and environmental sustainability, bringing the scoreboard more in line with the EU political priorities.

The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries and regional neighbours since 2001. It assesses the relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

The European Innovation Scoreboard

European Commission