Science, research and innovation performance of the EU

On the 20th of February, the European Commission published a report on the benefits of research and innovation for EU’s prosperity and social model.


The report proves that Europe is a global leader in scientific excellence (nearly one third of all high-quality scientific publications worldwide are European), in terms of public investment in research and innovation (23%), and in the number of researchers. But it also highlights its weaknesses in transforming this excellence into innovation and entrepreneurship leadership.

To address this gap, the Report points out a number of actions the EU needs to adopt to become a frontrunner in innovation:

  • prioritise innovation investment both in national and EU budgets;
  • introduce new approaches to innovation support that can maximise the impacts of public investment and leverage more private innovation investment, notably by adopting a mission oriented approach that sets the direction of public investment  and reconnects science and innovation with citizens; and supporting the identification and scale-up of breakthrough market creating innovations;
  • adapt regulatory frameworks to incentivise innovation, by ensuring that new regulation assesses its full impact on innovation while  minimising regulatory uncertainty for innovators;  and
  • foster innovation-friendly business environment, by fulfilling the European Single Market and supporting reforms that improve the functioning of markets.


Source: European Commission


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