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Innovation scoreboard: Austria right behind the top group

The latest Innovation Union Scorecard of the EU Commission shows a stable picture for 2015 compared to the previous year. The top group of innovation leaders includes Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Austria belongs to the second group together with seven other EU member states which all score higher than the EU average.

In addition to Austria, the second group of “strong innovators” includes Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Great Britain and Slovenia. The countries whose innovative strength is below the EU average are Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. They are only considered to be “moderate innovators”. Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania belong to the least performing group of “modest innovators.”

Malta ranks up front ahead of Latvia and Bulgaria with respect to innovation growth from 2014 to 2015. The worst performers are Romania, Cyprus and Estonia.

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, said that Europe experienced a “standstill” in its development compared to 2014. In particular, there was a negative trend 

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