The European Innovation Scoreboard released today shows Sweden as the continent’s top performer.

Produced annually by the European Commission, the 2018 report card reveals improvement on last year, and a narrowing of the innovation gap with the likes of Japan, China and the US. The average innovation performance of the EU has increased by 5.8% since the start of the decade and political leaders want to see more acceleration to capitalise on the huge potential that exists.

“This edition of the Scoreboard shows yet again that Europe is strong in science but underperforming on innovation. The renewed agenda for research and innovation sets out a range of measures for Europe to become a global innovation leader. Our proposals for Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme, will accelerate innovation along the full value chain and support the identification and scale-up of breakthrough innovations,” said Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.