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2014. 03. 13.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014

This 6th edition of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of innovation performance across 190 regions of the European Union,
Norway and Switzerland. The Scoreboard accompanies the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) which benchmarks innovation performance at the level of Member States. We've highlighted some interesting facts for you.

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.

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, Europe’s regions have been classified into Regional Innovation leaders (34 regions), Regional Innovation followers (57 regions), Regional Moderate innovators (68 regions) and Regional Modest innovators (31 regions).

See also the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014 which tell us that if the EU becomes more innovative but the differences between Member States are still high and diminish only slowly. As a result, the EU has closed half of the innovation gap towards the US. However, the differences in the innovation performance within the EU are still very high and diminish only slowly. The innovation gap widens at regional level where the innovation performance has worsened in almost one fifth of EU regions according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014, which complement the IUS 2014.

The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Denmark, Germany and Finland. Portugal, Estonia and Latvia are the countries that have most improved over the last years. Most progress has been made in the openness and attractiveness of the EU research system as well as business innovation collaboration and the commercialisation of knowledge as measured by licence and patent revenues from abroad. However, the growth of public R&D expenditures over the last years was offset by a continuous decline in venture capital investments and non-R&D innovation investments in companies.


Download a copy of the 2014 Regional Innovation Scoreboard here.




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