Brussels, 06 Jan 2006
- The fifth edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) will assess the key dimensions of innovation: knowledge, creation, entrepreneurship, applications, and intellectual property. In addition, it proposes new assessment of innovation efficiency and develops a specific sectoral approach.
- The EIS includes in novation indicators and trend analyses for all 25 Member States, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and Japan.
- In October 2005 the Commission tabled an action plan which calling for a major upgrade of the conditions for research and innovation in Europe. Boosting innovation is a key element in the Lisbon Partnership for Growth and Jobs.
- The EU invests about a third less in research than the US, and the EU/US innovation gap has not narrowed in recent years. Meanwhile, emerging countries like China and India are fast becoming world-class centres of research and innovation.
- It launches ambitious initiatives to promote innovation and research, such as redeployment of state aid, improved efficiency of intellectual property protection, mobilisation of additional funds for research, creation of innovation poles, and improving university-industry partnerships.
- For the first time, the plan offers an integrated approach to EU research and innovation policies, and is particularly focused on improving the conditions for private sector investment in R&D and innovation.
Technical briefing, after Mid-day briefing, at the Berlaymont in Brussels.
Gregor Kreuzhuber +32 2 296 6565; Catherine Bunyan +32 2 299 6512