The Commission on Monday released the European Innovation Score 2021, which shows that Europe’s innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is a steady convergence within the EU, with lower-performing countries growing faster than higher-performing ones, closing the gap of innovation among them. According to the Regional Innovation Score 2021 also published today, this trend applies to innovation across EU regions. In the global landscape, the EU is performing better than its competitors such as China, Brazil, South Africa, Russia and India, while South Korea, Canada, Australia, the United States and Japan have a performance advantage over the EU. in. This year’s European Innovation Scoreboard is based on a revised framework, which includes new indicators on digitalisation and environmental sustainability, bringing the scoreboard in line with EU policy priorities.
Based on their results, EU countries fall into four performance groups: Innovation Leaders, Strong Innovators, Moderate Innovators and Emerging Innovators.
Sweden continues to be the EU Innovation Leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and Belgium, all with innovation performance well above the EU average.
Performance groups tend to focus geographically, with Innovation Leaders and Strongest Innovators located in Northern and Western Europe, and most Moderate and Exit Innovators in Southern and Eastern Europe.
On average, the EU innovation performance has increased by 12.5 percentage points since 2014. Performance has increased most in Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Lithuania.
Five member states witnessed a performance improvement of 25 percentage points or more (Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Lithuania). Four member states had a performance improvement between 15 and 25 percentage points (Belgium, Croatia, Finland and Sweden). For eight Member States, performance improved between 10 and 15 percentage points (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain). The other 10 member states witnessed a performance improvement of up to ten percentage points.
Comparing the EU average with a selection of global competitors, South Korea is the most innovative country, with a performance of 36% above the EU score in 2014 and 21% above the EU in 2021. The EU is ahead of China, Brazil, South Africa , Russia and India in this year’s EIS, while Canada, Australia, the United States and Japan have a performance advantage over the EU.
Innovation performance has increased by 225 regions out of a total of 240 regions during the period since 2014. There has been a process of convergence in regional performance over time, with decreasing performance differences between regions.
The most innovative region in Europe is Stockholm in Sweden, followed by Etelä-Suomi in Finland and Oberbayern in Germany. Hovedstaden in Denmark is in fourth place, and Zürich in Switzerland is in fifth place.
The European Innovation Chart provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries and regional neighbors. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. The first European Innovation Scoreboard was published in 2001. The European Innovation Scoreboard demonstrates the EU and its member states’ commitment to excellence-based research and innovation and to being competitive, open and talent-driven . It also supports policy development to enhance innovation in Europe and to inform policymakers in the rapidly evolving global context. Furthermore, research and innovation are an essential part of the EU’s coordinated response to the coronavirus crisis, while also supporting Europe’s sustainable and inclusive recovery. Measuring innovation performance is a key element in achieving this goal.
About two-thirds of Europe’s productivity growth in recent decades has been driven by innovation, according to the report ‘EU Science, Research and Innovation Performance 2020 (SRIP)’. Research and innovation increase the resilience of our manufacturing sectors, the competitiveness of our economies, and the digital and ecological transformations of our societies. They also provide readiness for the future and are critical to be offered in the European Green Agreement and the Digital Compass. Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation program for 2021-2027 with a budget of € 95.5 billion, will help accelerate Europe’s environmental and digital transformation. Over the same period, cohesion policy will invest over € 56.8 billion in research and innovation capacity, digitalization and capabilities to support the innovative and green economic transformation of European regions. These goals also lie at the heart of the EU’s updated Industrial Strategy, which proposes new measures to strengthen the sustainability of our Single Market. The strategy also proposes measures to address our dependence on key strategic areas as well as to accelerate the green and digital transition – all of which will be essential in enhancing the EU’s performance in innovation. In addition, the European Research Area (ERA) will create a single and borderless market for research, innovation and technology, based on excellence, while at the same time promoting market research results and innovation in it. all over the EU. /ibna