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Belgium and Flanders rank among top European innovators

The 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard recognizes Belgium, of which Flanders is the northern region, as a leader in innovation linkages and collaboration. It also highlights the fact that the EU's innovation performance as a whole continues to improve, that progress is accelerating, and that the general outlook is positive.

Three core benefits

According to the ranking, Belgium and Flanders excel in three main areas: attractive research systems, linkages and innovators. In terms of innovation linkages and collaboration, Belgium is the overall leader in the European Union.

The combination of world-class R&D centers such as imec and VIB, the innovative qualities of its SMEs and collaborations between the public and private sector make Belgium a strong innovator.

A note on the European Innovation Scoreboard

The European Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries and regional neighbors.

It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address.

About Belgium and Flanders

With Dutch as its official language, Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is the northern region of Belgium. The capital of both Belgium and Flanders is Brussels.

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6 August 2018

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