Innovation in Europe

Innovation Union Scoreboard

The Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States 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.

The Innovation Union Scoreboard captures a total of 25 different indicators, distinguishing between eight innovation dimensions and three main categories of indicators:

  • Enablers: the basic building blocks which allow innovation to take place - human resources, open, excellent and attractive research systems, and finance and support.
  • Firm activities: which capture innovation efforts in European firms - firm investments, linkages and entrepreneurship, and intellectual assets.
  • Outputs: show how this translates into benefits for the economy as a whole - innovators and economic effects.

The Innovation Union Scoreboard places Member States into four different performance groups: innovation leaders, strong innovators (innovation followers), moderate innovators, modest innovators.

The Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015 reveals that the EU’s overall level of innovation has remained stable. In the overall ranking, Sweden is once more the innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany. The fastest growing innovators are Malta, Latvia and Bulgaria, Ireland, the UK and Poland. In global comparison, the EU continues to be outperformed by the US, Japan and South Korea.

Lithuania is a moderate innovator. Despite some fluctuations the overall innovation performance has been improving since 2007. The performance relative to the EU has also been improving in the last few years, and although there has been a slight decline in 2014, the performance is above the 50% threshold value between being a Modest or Moderate innovator.

Lithuania performs below the average of the EU for most dimensions, except for Human resources and Finance and support. Relatively worst performing indicators are Non-EU doctorate students, PCT patent applications in societal challenges, License and patent revenues from abroad and PCT patent applications. Performance above average is observed for Non-R&D innovation expenditures, Population with completed tertiary education and Youth with upper secondary level education.

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Last updated: 27-12-2017