Creating 100,000 new jobs across the continent
The Netherlands has been named as one of Europe’s most innovative countries. It took fourth place in the European Commission’s 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS), which ranks countries according to the strength of their research and innovation. Introduced in 2001, the EIS’s Summary Innovation Index examines 27 indicators spread across four categories. This year, countries were assigned to four categories: innovation leaders (which includes the Netherlands), strong innovators, moderate innovators and modest innovators.
The Netherlands excels at research, innovation and attracting academic talent
To qualify as an innovation leader, the Netherlands had to achieve a level of performance above 120% of the EU average. Sweden, Finland and Denmark claimed the first three places in the category. However, the Netherlands scored particularly well when assessed on its research systems and innovation-friendly environment, and the country excels in attracting international doctorate students and releasing publications from the scientific community and through private-public partnerships.
How innovation has developed around Europe
On average, the EU’s innovation performance has risen by 8.8% since 2011, growing the most the most in Lithuania, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the United Kingdom, Estonia and the Netherlands. It has dropped by the greatest percentage in Romania and Slovenia. 2019 also marks the first time EU’s performance has exceeded that of the USA on a global level. According to the Commission, roughly two-thirds of economic growth in Europe over the previous decades has been fuelled by innovation and research and innovation investments are predicted to create up to 100,000 jobs between 2021 and 2027.
In a statement, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the commissioner for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: "The Commission's innovation scoreboard is about best practices and measuring success. It helps member states, regions and the EU as a whole to learn from each other and identify in which areas policy reforms are needed to boost Europe's innovation leadership.”
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