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Measuring Progress
Commitment 34-B
Innovation Union Scoreboard
Innovation Union commitment text

"Starting immediately, the Commission will monitor overall progress on innovation performance using the Innovation Union Scoreboard (see Annex II).

The Commission proposes to launch the necessary work for the development of a new indicator measuring the share of fast-growing innovative companies in the economy. This will require the full cooperation of Member States and international partners. Subject to these commitments, the Commission will submit the necessary proposals and take urgent action to develop this indicator within the next two years, working with the OECD, as appropriate, so that it can become, over time, a new headline indicator allowing as part of the EU 2020 strategy to benchmark the EU's performance against its main trading partners."

EU Member States' Innovation Performance
Note: Average performance is measured using a composite indicator building on data for 24 indicators ranging from a lowest possible performance of 0 to a maximum possible performance of 1. Average performance in 2011 reflects performance in 2009/2010 due to a lag in data availability. The performance of Innovation leaders is 20% or more above that of the EU27; of Innovation followers it is less than 20% above but more than 10% below that of the EU27; of Moderate innovators it is less than 10% below but more than 50% below that of the EU27; and for Modest innovators it is below 50% that of the EU27.
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A European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) has been in place since 2001. Its main purpose has been to offer a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of Member States and to inform innovation policy discussions at national and European level.

In the Innovation Union Communication and after consultation with Member States, the set of indicators in the previous EIS has been amended to improve their international comparability and complemented with a number of research oriented indicators in line with the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the Innovation Union Communication. The Scoreboard includes the small set of innovation indicators recommended by the High Level Panel besides the single headline innovation indicator (see Commitment 34A).

The main obstacle to its production is the timely availability of data to populate the indicators and obtain comparable data for all EU member states and for international comparisons. This is why Eurostat has traditionally been closely associated to this exercise, and will prioritise work needed to support the Scoreboard.


The objective of the annual Innovation Union Scoreboard, is to help monitor progress in the research and innovation performance of Member States and the EU as a whole and assess the impact of the policies set out in the Innovation Union and identify weaknesses which require a policy response. The Scoreboard provides a broader assessment of research and innovation performance. As such, it should be a core element in the annual progress report on the Innovation Union. It will be complemented by qualitative analysis and more detailed quantitative reports, such as the Innovation Union Competitiveness Report.


Following the methodological redesign of the European Innovation Scoreboard in 2010, the first edition of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS 2010) was published on 1 February 2011. The following editions were published on 7 February 2012 and 26 March 2013.

The Commission (DG ENTR) has put in place a service contract with a consortium of external experts for the delivery of the annual Scoreboard and a number of supporting papers. In addition, the Scoreboard benefits from methodological contribution from EC Joint Research Centre. The data is provided by Eurostat, OECD, UN and Science metrix/Scopus.

The next edition, the IUS2014, is planned to be published at the beginning of 2014. It will be accompanied by the Regional Innovation Scorebaord 2014.



February 2012 Publication of IUS 2011
Type: Communication activities
Indicative resources: External contractor
February 2013 Publication of the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013
Type: Legislative
Lead Directorate-General/Unit, Head of Unit

Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, Unit B.3: Bonifacio Garcia Porras

Directorate-General Research and Innovation Unit C.6: Pierre Vigier

Other Directorates-General/Units associated




Key external partners

European Council, EP, policy makers from Member States, statistical offices, experts on innovation measurement, journalists;

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