On 21 June 2021, the European Commission released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. It assesses the relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower performing countries growing faster than higher performing ones, therefore closing the innovation gap among them. The Czech Republic had a performance improvement of between 10 and 15 percentage points.
As shown by the Regional Innovation Scoreboard, also published today, this trend also applies to innovation across EU regions. Innovation performance has increased for 225 regions out of the total of 240 regions over the period since 2014. The most innovative region in Europe is Stockholm in Sweden, followed by Etelä-Suomi in Finland, and Oberbayern in Germany.
More information can be found in press release of the European Commission.