Earlier this week, the European Commission released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2020, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU, for the second year surpassing the United States. However, more needs to be done to catch up with global innovation leaders like South Korea, Australia and Japan. 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.
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”.