The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2019

 04/12/2019

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 2019 covers 238 regions across 23 EU countries, Norway, Serbia, and Switzerland. In addition, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Malta are included at country level.

The RIS 2019 is a comparative assessment of regional innovation based on the European innovation scoreboard methodology, using 18 of the latter’s 27 indicators.

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

  • Innovation leaders (38 regions) with performance more than 20% above the EU average,
  • Strong innovators (73 regions) with performance between 90% and 120% of the EU average,
  • Moderate innovators (97 regions) with performance between 50% and 90% of the EU average,
  • Modest innovators (30 regions) with performance below 50% of the EU average.

The most innovative region in the EU is Helsinki-Uusimaa (FI1B) in Finland, followed by Stockholm (SE11) in Sweden and Hovedstaden (DK01) in Denmark. In Belgium, the Flemish Region (40th across all regions) and the Walloon Region (84th) are strong innovators, the Brussels-Capital Region (35th) is an innovation leader. For all three regions, performance has increased over time, and most strongly for Brussels-Capital Region.

According to the indicators available in the radar graph, the relative strengths of the Brussels-Capital Region compared to the EU are: Tertiary education, International scientific co-publications, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organizational, SMEs innovating in-house innovations, Innovative SMEs collaborating, Public-private co-publications, Trademark applications and Sales new-to-market/firm innovations, with performances more than 20% above the EU average. Relative weaknesses (performances below the EU) are: PCT patent applications, Design applications and R&D expenditures business Sector.

The relative strengths of the Flemish Region compared to the EU are: Tertiary education, International scientific co-publications, R&D expenditures in the business sector, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organisational innovations, SMEs innovating in-house, Innovative SMEs collaborating and Public-private co-publications and Sales new-to-market/firm innovations, with performances more than 20% above the EU average. Relative weaknesses (performances below the EU) are: Design applications, and Lifelong learning.

The relative strengths of the Walloon Region compared to the EU are: R&D expenditures in the business sector, Product/process innovations, Marketing/organisational innovations, SMEs innovating in-house, Innovative SMEs collaborating and Sales new-to-market/firm innovations, with performances more than 20% above the EU average. Relative weaknesses (performances below the EU) are: Lifelong learning, International scientific co-publications, Most-cited scientific publications, R&D expenditures public sector, Non-R&D innovation Expenditures, PCT patent applications, Trademark applications, Design applications and Employment MHT manufacturing and KIS services.

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