Assessment by national, regional and international organisations

The performances of Belgium and its regions in science, technology, innovation and competitiveness are regularly assessed in reports by regional and international organisations. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the Belgian national/regional innovation systems identified in reports are hereafter summarised.

Europe 2020 is the EU growth strategy for the decade 2010-2020 to become a "smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion". The strategy is based on five headline targets to be reached by 2020. Two targets are closely linked to the field of innovation:

The performances of the Belgian national/regional innovation systems are shown in radar charts, with the innovation dimensions represented on axes. The radar graph gives a synthetic overview of the strengths and weaknesses of Belgium and its regions in comparison with the EU average (indicator values relative to the EU (EU28=100)) and with the neighbouring countries.

Socio-economic context

Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure

Stability and Growth Pact

Population and employment

GDP, inflation and labour productivity

Sectoral specialisation

Export performance and globalisation

Infrastructure (tangible and intangible)

Business environment, Finance and Entrepreneurship

Business environment

Access to finance

Entrepreneurial activity

Human resources: education and R&D employment

Education attainment

R&D personnel

R&D and innovation expenditure

Total R&D expenditure

Business enterprise R&D expenditure

Innovation expenditure and activities

Public support for R&D and innovation

Outputs of the innovation process

Bibliometric indicators

Intellectual assets

Patents, trademarks, designs

Technological specialisation

Collaboration for patents

Innovation performance


Collaboration for innovation

Economic impacts