These are the most innovative regions in Europe
Mapped: Find out which of the 214 regions across 29 countries are performing better and what it takes to be a leader – not a laggard – in innovation.
The digital walls of Europe have been exposed in the most recent pan-continental study that looks into innovation performance.
The report was prepared by the Maastricht University as part of the European Innovation Scoreboards (EIS) project for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
214 regions from 22 EU Member States plus Norway, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta have all been included.
Below is the map with all the region’s painted accordingly to their innovation readiness.
According to the report, to be a leader in regional innovation performance, a specialisation in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) is crucial.
In the document it reads: “The Regional Innovation Index is positively correlated with the revealed technology advantage (RTA) index which measures the degree of specialisation in KETs.
“The Innovation Leaders and Strong Innovators account for almost 90% of all patents in KETs.
“Regions with a positive specialisation in KETs are found across the whole of Europe but in particular in Austria, Belgium, Southern France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
“However, not all KET technologies ‘contribute’ equally to innovation performance. In particular, specialisation in Advanced materials, Industrial biotechnology, Photonics, and Advanced manufacturing technologies is positively linked to regional innovation performance with the Innovation Leaders being specialised in three of these KETs technologies.
“For all KETs, except Advanced manufacturing technologies, relative specialisation patterns have been changing over time.
“In particular, for Nanotechnology, Micro- and Nano-electronics, and Photonics, specialisation has declined for the Innovation Leaders and has increased for the Strong and in particular the Moderate Innovators.
“Less innovative regions have become more specialised, thereby laying the foundation for possible innovation performance increases in the future.”
Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Leading countries and regions are supporting innovation across a wide range of policies from investment to education, from flexible labour conditions to ensuring public administrations that value entrepreneurship and innovation.
“The Commission is doing its part by promoting innovation across policy areas too. Not only that, we’re also improving access to private finance through the €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe and the Capital Markets Union, as well as creating a new European Innovation Council”.