EIS 2007: Comparative Analysis of Innovation Performance
The JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is supporting the European Commission's efforts to provide a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of EU Member States. With the release of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2007, innovation indicators and trend analyses for the 27 EU Member States as well as for Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, the US, Australia, Canada and Israel now becomes publicly available.
The main input of the JRC has been providing statistical support for the methodology to construct the composite indicators and support in the preparation of the thematic reports.
The main outcomes of this year’s scoreboard exercise have been:
- Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and UK are the most innovative EU countries and ahead of the US;
- Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania are on track to reach the EU average within a decade;
- A persistent but decreasing innovation gap with the US and Japan;
- Innovation policies might need to better take account of the needs of services innovators;
- Social capital and knowledge flows are potential key factors in innovation performance;
- Most Member States could improve their efficiency in transforming innovation inputs into outputs;
- Non-R&D based innovation is as widespread as R&D driven innovation.
This is the seventh edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). For the first time, Australia, Canada and Israel have been included as these countries provide interesting comparisons to EU Member States. The thematic reports that accompany this year's Scoreboard are on innovation in services, wider factors influencing innovation performance and on innovation efficiency.