Growth is increasingly related to the capacity of regional economies to change and innovate. Regions and cities have become key 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. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard helps to understand innovation in the regional context and provides some statistical facts on regions' innovation performance.
Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014
At the EU regional level, most of the regions improved their innovation performance but at the same time innovation performance worsened for 35 regions scattered across 15 countries, according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014. [7 MB] Overall, similar as in the Innovation Union Scoreboard where countries are classified into 4 different innovation performance groups, Europe’s regions have also been classified into Regional Innovation leaders (34 regions), Regional Innovation followers (57 regions), Regional Moderate innovators (68 regions) and Regional Modest innovators (31 regions).
All the EU regional innovation leaders (27 regions) are located in only eight EU Member States: Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. This indicates that innovation excellence is concentrated in relatively few areas in Europe.
The executive summary [173 KB] of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014 is available in 23 EU official languages by clicking on the little box.
|Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 [8 MB]|
Regional Innovation Monitor Plus
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 Plus (RIM Plus) 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