On 14 July the European Commission published the results of the 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and of the Innobarometer.

The European Innovation Scoreboard collects and compares data on performance in research and innovation of the 28 EU Member States and of some neighbouring countries. Each year it assesses their national innovation systems, and provides an updated report based on 25 predefined indicators helping countries to identify strengths and weaknesses on which action and investment is needed.

The national innovation assessment is subsequently extended at the regional level by the Regional Innovation Scoreboard, which also categorizes European regions into four groups based on their capacity to innovate.

The Innobarometer is a survey carried out each year among businesses and the general public that focuses on activities and attitudes related to innovation policy, and provides relevant information for policy-makers in the field of research and innovation.

Some of the key findings of the three studies are:

  • The northern European countries (Sweden first of all) continue to be European leaders in Innovation

  • Even in countries with moderate innovation performance like Italy, regional innovation hubs exist (for example Piedmont and Friuli Venezia Giulia)

  • Precondition to become innovation leaders is the adoption of measures aiming at the creation of a balanced innovation system that combines good levels of public and private investment, effective cooperation between business and academia, a solid vocational training system, as well as education and research excellence

  • Specialization in key enabling technologies, particularly advanced materials, industrial biotechnology, photonics and advanced manufacturing is key factor for high innovation performances

European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 (Full report)

Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016 (Full report)



The RIM + project (Regional Innovation Monitor +) implemented by a consortium including the European Regions for research and innovation Network - ERRIN (of which the Autonomous province of Trento is co-leading the Innovation & Investments Working Group), has recently published the 2016 regional innovation reports. The reports provide a detailed overview of policies and measures adopted by the regions of 20 member states to stimulate and support research and innovation with a specific focus on industry modernization and advanced manufacturing.

Detailed information about the RIM + Project can be found on the dedicated webpage DG Grow here.

The report on innovation policies of the Autonomous Province of Trento is available here.


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