On 22 June 2020, the European Commission released the Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2020, which demonstrates Europe’s improving innovation performance.
According to the EIS, on average, the innovation performance of the EU has increased by 8.9% since 2012, with performance having increased the most in Lithuania, Malta, Latvia, Portugal and Greece.
Sweden continues to be the EU Innovation Leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands. This year Luxembourg (previously a Strong Innovator) joins the group of Innovation Leaders, while Portugal (previously a Moderate Innovator) joins the group of Strong Innovators.
At a global level, it is the second year that the EU surpasses the United States. The EU also continues to have a performance lead over China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and India. Since 2012, the EU’s performance gap with South Korea, Australia and Japan has increased, while the EU’s performance lead over the United States, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa has decreased.
The EIS functions as an assessment of the performance of research and innovation in EU countries and identifies “performance leaders” in specific areas of innovation. It covers the EU Member States as well as Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The EIS contains 4 “performance groups:”
The innovation performance is measured based on 27 performance indicators, within 10 innovation dimensions and in 4 main categories.
Click here to view the full Q&A document published by the EC on 23 June 2020.
Visit this page for more information on the EIS.
We, the members of EWGIC, are determined to inspire and ensure that trust, integrity, responsibility, fairness, and impartiality are all preserved by European Innovation Consultants during the execution of their professional activities.
To do so, we have adopted a comprehensive Code of Conduct, which aims to promote best practices, mutual respect, and basic competition rules among Innovation Consultants. Through this Code of Conduct, we commit to excellence, and seek to guarantee and demonstrate the highest professional standards in the sector of EU consulting.
The following standards of conduct, behaviour and attitude are detailed in our Code:
1. Trust & Integrity
3. Fairness to others
This Code is in line with the EWGIC’s key missions
The first mission is to create synergies between European consulting companies specialized in Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) financing and management to promote the added value their professional services bring to RDI collaborations in Europe and carry out actions of common interests and benefits for its members.
We intend to enhance a positive image of European professional innovation consulting companies by ensuring and maintaining high professionalism and ethical values among members.
We also aim to represent the EWGIC towards European institutions and stakeholders to defend the specific expertise and professionalism of EWGIC members and acknowledge the increased project impact they deliver to the European research community.
The working group identifies common issues and goals of its members and pursues them in a coordinated manner on a national level by contributing to national concertation and enhancing direct dialogues with the different representations of the EU Member States.
Our activities facilitate knowledge sharing on best practices and information between members on latest evolutions in the European RDI ecosystem.
Finally, our group fosters the participation of the private sector to European RD&I programmes for stronger impact and exploitation of results.
All EWGIC’s members subscribe to and believe that the principles underlined in the Code of Conduct are fundamental for recognition from the European institutions and key stakeholders of the RDI ecosystem towards European Innovation Consultants.
The Code of Conduct was finalised and adopted in May 2020 and will serve as a roadmap for EWGIC’s daily activities.
Download EWGIC’s Code of Conduct here.