On the 23rd of June, the European Commission released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, a tool to benchmark the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States, regions and selected third countries. Every year the results highlighted by the European Innovation Scoreboard support the policy makers in building strategies to enhance the research level in each country based on their strengths and weaknesses.
The European Innovation Scoreboard, by using 27 separate indicators, splits EU countries into four performance groups: Innovation Leaders, Strong Innovators, Moderate Innovators and Modest Innovators.
The Innovation Leaders (Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden) perform significantly above the EU average while the Modest Innovators, like Romania and Ukraine, perform below 50% of the EU average.
In this year’s scoreboard, it is pointed out that Luxembourg moved from the group of Strong Innovators to the Leaders while Portugal became a Strong innovator country, whereas at a general level, Europe’s innovation performances are improving despite the withdrawal of United Kingdom from the EU.
The current situation of crisis caused by the spread of the Covid-19, moreover, further underlines the importance of innovation and the measuring of innovation performance in order to implement a coordinated response at EU level.
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