The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2017

 04/12/2017

The Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators. The RIS 2017 covers 220 regions across 22 EU countries, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland. In addition, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Malta are included at the country level, as in these countries, NUTS 1 and NUTS 2 levels are identical to the country territory.

In the report, the regions have been classified into four groups according to their innovation performance:

  • Innovation leaders (53 regions) with performance more than 20% above the EU average,
  • Strong innovators (60 regions) with performance between 90% and 120% of the EU average,
  • Moderate innovators(85 regions) with performance between 50% and 90% of the EU average,
  • Modest innovators (22 regions) with performance below 50% of the EU average.

The Brussels-Capital Region (66th across all regions) and the Walloon Region (86th) are strong innovators, the Flemish Region is an innovation leader (46th across all regions). The most innovative region in the EU is Stockholm in Sweden, followed by Hovedstaden in Denmark, and South East in the United Kingdom. The overall most innovative region in Europe is Zurich in Switzerland. In the three Belgian Regions, performance has increased over time (Change between RII 2011 and RII 2017).

According to the indicators available in the radar graph, the relative strengths of the** Brussels-Capital Region** compared to the EU28 are: Tertiary education, International scientific co-publications, Most-cited scientific publications, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organisational innovations, SMEs innovating in-house, Innovative SMEs collaborating, Public-private co-publications and Employment MHT manufacturing + KIS services. Relative weaknesses are: R&D expenditures in the business sector, EPO patent applications, Design applications, Exports of MHT manufacturing and Sales new-to-market/firm innovations.

The relative strengths of the Flemish Region compared to the EU28 are: Tertiary education, International scientific co-publications, Most-cited scientific publications, R&D expenditures in the business sector, Non-R&D innovation expenditures, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organisational innovations, SMEs innovating in-house, Innovative SMEs collaborating and Public-private co-publications. Relative weaknesses are: Exports of MHT manufacturing, Sales new-to-market/firm innovations and Lifelong learning.

The relative strengths of the Walloon Region compared to the EU28 are: Most-cited scientific publications, R&D expenditures in the business sector, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organisational innovations, SMEs innovating in-house, Innovative SMEs collaborating. Relative weaknesses are: Employment MHT manufacturing and KIS services, Exports of MHT manufacturing and Sales new-to-market/firm innovations.

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/innovation/facts-figures/regional_en