Ireland has moved up the ranks of the European innovation scoreboard

The EU recognised the country for its SMEs and positive employment impacts.

Ireland has scaled up to ninth place in a European ranking of innovative countries.  The rankings, dubbed the European Innovation Scoreboard 2017, is published by the European Commission.

It assesses and compares countries for their research and innovation performance. It ranks all 28 EU member states and a select number of non-members.

The scoreboard was first introduced in 2010. This year’s edition found Ireland’s innovation performance improved 8.5% since 2010 while the whole bloc improved 5.8% overall.

The rankings rate countries under four categories: innovation leaders, strong innovators, moderate innovators and modest innovators.

Ireland, in ninth place, came in the strong innovators group.

The scoreboard highlighted Ireland for its innovation in SMEs; employment impacts, where employment in “knowledge-intensive” areas and fast growing companies has increased; and sales impacts, which measures the economic impact of high-tech and innovative activities and exports.



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