Innovation Union Scoreboard

27 AUGUST 2013

The 2013 edition of the annual Innovation Union Scoreboard shows that the EU has become more innovative, but also that the gap between the Member States is widening.

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. While the most innovative countries have further improved their performance, others have shown a lack of progress. The overall ranking within the EU remains relatively stable, with Sweden at the top, followed by Germany, Denmark and Finland. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are the countries that have most improved since last year. Drivers of innovation growth in the EU include SMEs and the commercialisation of innovations, together with excellent research systems. However the fall in business and venture capital investment over the years 2008-2012 has negatively influenced innovation performance. More detailed information is provided in the press release and in the memo.

Who are the innovation leaders in the European Union?
Based on the Summary Innovation Index, the Member States fall into the following four country groups:

  • Innovation leaders: Sweden, Germany, Denmark and Finland, all show a performance well above that of the EU average.
  • Innovation followers: Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK, Austria, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Cyprus and Estonia all show a performance close to that of the EU average.
  • Moderate innovators: The performance of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Malta and Lithuania is below that of the EU average.
  • Modest innovators: The performance of Poland, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria is well below that of the EU average.
Background of the Innovation Union Scoreboard
The annual Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States (at the time of research, Croatia was not yet a member)) and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. It helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts in order to boost their innovation performance. In addition, the Scoreboard covers Croatia, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. On a more limited number of indicators, available internationally, it also covers Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the US. Every two years the Innovation Union Scoreboard is accompanied by a Regional Innovation Scoreboard. The calculation and measurement of the innovation performance are explained the Innovation Union Scoreboard – methodology report 2010 (pdf) .

Check out the evolution over years for each country or each indicator on the interactive IUS Dashboard.

Results from previous years
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 (pdf).
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010 (pdf).
European Innovation Scoreboard 2009 (pdf).
European Innovation Scoreboard 2008 (pdf).
European Innovation Scoreboard 2007 (pdf).

(source: EC.Europe.EU)