Moving Europe forward: innovating for a prosperous future

Insights by geography

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In this section, we present the key findings from each of the 15 countries we have surveyed. For more detailed findings download the full report.

Austria – A “northern” vision about innovation at the European level

  • 23% of Austrian respondents consider that Northern Europe has the strongest innovation policy and the strongest innovation climate (vs. 13% of the whole sample).

Belgium – The European level for innovation policy

  • 65% of Belgian respondents think that innovation policy is most effective at the European level (vs. 37% for the whole sample). Only 21% of them approve its efficiency at the national level (vs. 39%).

Finland – An optimistic assessment of innovation policy

  • 57% of Finn respondents have the feeling that innovation policy improved in their country (vs. 39% for the whole sample). The conclusions are the same considering the European Union level: 53% think it improved (vs. 38%).

France – Private spending, a key issue for innovation in France

  • 92% of French respondents think that private spending contributes to technological and scientific innovation in France (vs. 74% for the total sample).

Germany - Germans highly praise their country‘s innovation policy

  • 93% of German respondents consider that their country has the strongest innovation policy and the strongest innovation climate (vs. 60% of the whole sample). This figure goes up to 96% when Western Europe is considered (79%).

Greece – A pessimistic assessment of the national situation, an optimistic vision about the future

  • It seems to 58% of Greek respondents that innovation policy deteriorated in Greece (vs. 28% for the total sample). 12% of them think it neither improved nor deteriorated (vs. 31%). And 81% of Greek respondents think that innovation policy will improve in Greece in the next years (vs. 67%).

Hungary – Hungarian respondents are very positive about the EU

  • There are no Hungarian respondents thinking that innovation policy in the last year has deteriorated in the European Union (vs. 18%). 69% of them say that it has improved (vs. 38%). They are optimistic for the future as well. 84% believe that the innovation policy in EU will improve in the next year (vs. 69%), and none of them think that it will deteriorate (vs. 14%).

Ireland – Innovation at the European level does not necessarily depend on Germany

  • Only 39% of Irish respondents consider that Germany is the European country with the strongest innovation policy and innovation climate (vs. 60% of the whole sample). As for many other countries of the survey, a significant figure of Irish respondents consider that their country has the strongest innovation policy or climate (25% vs. 2%). Finally, a high percentage of them (13%) have no opinion about the topic (vs. 6%).

Italy – Counting on the EU

  • According to 66% of Italian respondents, the innovation policy has deteriorated in Italy over the past year (vs. 28% for the total sample). However, they are rather optimistic about the evolution of the innovation policy in the EU. 89% of Italian respondents anticipate that it will improve in the next years (vs. 69%).

The Netherlands – A quite pessimistic vision about innovation at the European level

  • According to 32% of Dutch respondents, innovation policy will deteriorate in the Netherlands in the next years (vs. 18% for the total sample). As for the evolution of the innovation policy of the European Union, 55% of the Dutch respondents think that it will improve (vs. 69%) and 27% that it will deteriorate (vs. 14%).

Poland – A very positive public mood

  • Only 2% of them think that innovation policy in the last year has deteriorated in Poland (vs. 28%) and only 5% say similarly for the European Union (vs. 18%). As for the evolution of innovation policy in the next year, there are very few pessimists. Only 2% of Polish respondents think that it will deteriorate in Poland (vs. 18%) as well as in the European Union (2% vs. 14%).

Portugal – Private spending poorly esteemed

  • According to Portuguese respondents, private spending does not contribute to technological and scientific innovation, neither in Portugal (52% vs. 23% for the total sample), nor in the European Union (40% vs. 16%).

Spain – The EU, key player to encourage collective decision

  • 55% of Spanish respondents believe that innovation policy is most effective at the European level (vs. 37% for the whole sample).

Sweden – An optimistic assessment of innovation policy

  • 95% of Swedish respondents think that private spending contributes to technological and scientific innovation in Sweden (vs. 74% for the total sample).

United Kingdom – A relatively better awareness level than in the other countries … but a still quite low level

  • 50% of UK respondents are familiar with the concept of KICs (vs. 25% for the whole sample). 33% know the work of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (vs. 19%). 22% of them know the work of the European Research Infrastructures (vs. 44%).