Growth is increasingly related to the capacity of regional economies to change and innovate. Regions and cities have become the primary spatial units where knowledge is transferred, innovation systems are built and competition to attract investments and talents takes place.
Regions are an appropriate level for stimulating innovation: Many regional governments have important competences and budgets in the field of innovation. Their geographical proximity facilitates the acquisition, accumulation and use of knowledge. Regions' performance depends not only on that of enterprises and research institutes but also on interactions between different stakeholders, enterprises and organisations, whose knowledge and know-how build up over time.
EU innovation policy has placed a strong emphasis on networks which link the business to the surrounding environment (other firms, universities, research institutes, etc.) and are active mostly at regional level, e.g. in the field of cluster initiatives.
Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012
Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 [8 MB] provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is based on the methodology of the Innovation Union Scoreboard and is accompanied by the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 Methodology report [427 KB] .
The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 classifies the European regions into four innovation performance groups, similarly to the Innovation Union Scoreboard. There are 41 regions in the first group of "innovation leaders", 58 regions belong to the second group of "innovation followers", 39 regions are "moderate innovators", and 52 regions are in the fourth group of "modest innovators".
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Regional Innovation Monitor
In the context of the objectives set in the European Commission's Europe 2020 strategy and specifically the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the Regional Innovation Monitor (RIM) provides regional administrators, researchers and other stakeholders with information about main innovation policy measures and trends in all EU regions.
Based on the work of a network of experts, RIM offers detailed information on regional innovation policies for 20 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The core of the RIM service is a knowledge base of information on some 200 regions, including:
- An 'inventory' of regional innovation policy measures, policy documents and organisations
- A single access point for good practice dissemination on regional innovation policy in Europe
- An on-line interregional comparison of innovation performance and governance trends by means of the benchmarking tool
- A new communication platform for innovation stakeholders