Most EU member states were steadily improving their innovation performance
until 2008, but the economic crisis may be hampering this progress according to
the 2009 European Innovation Scoreboard published today.
As in previous years, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the UK are the
Innovation leaders. However, Germany and Finland are improving their
performance the fastest whilst Denmark and the UK are stagnating.
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands and Slovenia are the innovation followers. Since 2008, Cyprus,
Estonia and Slovenia have progressed into this group due to steady improvement
over recent years.
Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal,
Slovakia and Spain are the Moderate innovators.
Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania are the Catching-up countries with innovation
performance significantly below the EU27 average. However, all three countries
are rapidly closing their gap to the average performance level of the EU27, and
Bulgaria and Romania have been improving their performance the fastest of all
"This scoreboard provides invaluable evidence on trends in innovation
performance. The overall picture is positive, there are however some worrying
signs and we will have to take this very seriously in developing the measures
to accomplish what we just laid out in our Europe 2020 strategy," said
Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for entrepreneurship and
Mr Tajani emphasised: "Increasing investment in research and innovation
is the key to moving from crisis to sustainable prosperity. That is why the
Commission is maintaining the 3% of GDP target for R&D investment in Europe
and proposing realistic national targets with robust monitoring.”
The report also shows the EU is having difficulty in catching up with the US
in innovation performance, but maintains a clear lead over the emerging
economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, despite rapid improvements in the
Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is leading a cross-cutting
approach to innovation in the Commission.
The European Innovation Scoreboard 2009 includes 29 innovation-related
indicators with publicly available data from 2007/2008 and trend analyses for
the EU27 member states, as well as for Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway
The 29 indicators are grouped around three categories: enablers (human
resources, finance and support), firm activities (firm investments, linkages
& entrepreneurship, throughputs) and outputs (innovators, economic
effects). It does not capture yet the full effects of the recent economic and