02/23/2007

Overall Innovation performance of Belgium is slightly above the EU average

The sixth edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has been published on 22 February 2006. The EIS is the instrument developed by the European Commission, under the Lisbon Strategy, to evaluate and compare the innovation performance of the EU Member States.

The overall performance of Belgium is slightly above the EU average, with several indicators above the EU25 average and only a couple of indicators below the average.

Most recent available data for year 2005 show that the group of Innovation drivers is the better performing with a high participation in tertiary education and a high level of broadband penetration. High level of education in the country positively affects the group application, which shows a consistent concentration of employment in hightech services and manufacturing.

Considering the latest available data for each indicator, the group Innovation & entrepreneurship shows high percentages of SMEs innovating in house or cooperating on innovation. The Knowledge creation dimension is well supported by a significant share of enterprises receiving public funding for innovation.

High-tech exports and new-to-market product sales are areas which offer room for improvement.

Sources :
European Innovation Scoreboard 2006
European Innovation Scoreboard 2006, Strenghts and Weaknesses Report

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