On 23 June, the European Commission published the Innovation Scoreboard for 2020, the ranking of EU countries’ research and innovation performance. Results are broadly in line with those of previous years, with the Union as a whole strengthening its innovation capacity compared to the beginning of the decade, but continuing to lose positions to the major global competitors.
The Eastern European countries (especially the Baltic countries) have accelerated their growth and begun to reduce the internal European R&I divide. In contrast, Italy – although showing a positive trend during the decade – has confirmed its structural weaknesses in research and innovation, a factor that has been widely known for years. This is all further material for reflection, both at national and European levels, in view of the definition of the Recovery Plan proposed by the Commission at the end of May.