14 July 2016

Innovation performance compared: How innovative is your country?

The European Innovation Scoreboard[1] provides a comparative assessment of research and innovation performance and the relative strengths and weaknesses of national research and innovation systems. It covers the EU Member States as well as Iceland, Israel, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. It helps them assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts to boost their innovation performance. On a more limited number of indicators, available internationally, it also covers Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States.

The 2016 Scoreboard shows that the most innovative countries perform best on all measures: from research and innovation inputs, through business innovation activities up to innovation outputs and economic effects, which reflects a balanced national research and innovation system.

The Commission is taking decisive action to improve conditions for innovation through initiatives such as its Investment Plan for Europe, the Single Market agenda and the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (for further details, please refer to the final section of these FAQs).

To achieve a high level of performance, countries and regions need a balanced innovation system performing well across all dimensions. They need an appropriate level of public and private investment, effective innovation partnerships among companies and with academia, as well as a strong educational basis and excellent research. Also, the economic impact of innovation needs to manifest itself in terms of sales and exports of innovative products as well as in employment.

More info: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-16-2487_en.htm?locale=en