How did Europe score on Innovation performance in 2009?

The 2009 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has recently been published by the Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This scoreboard provides measurements and evidence on trends in innovation performance within Member States across Europe. The EIS 2009 is based on 29 innovation-related indicators, divided across three categories.

Results show that Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the UK are all ‘Innovation leaders', whereas Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania are seen as the ‘Catching-up countries'. Since 2008 Cyprus, Estonia and Slovenia have steadily improved and have now progressed into the ‘Innovation followers' category. In general the latest statistics show that Europe is lagging behind the US in innovation performance but is ahead of other countries, even China despite their rapid improvements recently.

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