European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: EU’s innovation is increasing

The Commission released today the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, which shows that Europe’s innovation performance continues to improve across the EU, surpassing for the second year the United States. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, said: “This year’s scoreboard shows that the EU is already a good place to do innovation, but we need to further step up efforts across the EU to find global solutions to contain the virus, and at the same time, help Europe’s recovery from the crisis. More than ever, innovation is important since it lies at the heart of our efforts to beat the Coronavirus pandemic”. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The EU is leading the way out of the coronavirus crisis by intensifying its support to research efforts and bringing together diverse players of the innovation ecosystems, from both the public and private sector, that can transform new ideas into reality and improve the life of citizens. Post-covid EU will be stronger and more united than ever before leveraging its creativity and innovation performance as this year’s Scoreboard highlights”. The results, which cover data from 2019, highlight the opportunities to better coordinate EU innovation policies, help Europe improve its global competitiveness and strengthen the key role innovation plays in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. This has shaken the world in an unprecedented manner testing the resilience of our societies, economies, healthcare and welfare systems. The EU has done its utmost to use the tools at hand to protect lives whilst preserving the single market, and supporting Europe’s economy. Research and innovation have proven to be an essential part of the coordinated EU response to the crisis and they will be vital to support Europe’s sustainable and inclusive recovery. Measuring innovation performance is a key element in achieving this goal. If you want to know more on the details of the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020 results, please find our press release and Q&A online.