Belgian businesses rank among European top in innovation
Of all Belgian businesses 61% consider themselves to be innovative. Hence the country ranks among the top three in Europe as far as innovation is concerned. This is the conclusion drawn from figures by the European statistical service Eurostat following a comprehensive survey on innovation concerning products and procedures, organisation and commercialisation among European businesses conducted in 2010. The data, collected during the period 2008-2010, shows that more than half the respondents in the 27 member states launched innovative activities. At 79% Germany tops the ranking list, with Luxembourg at 68% in second place and Belgium at third place with 61%. Interestingly so-called problematic countries like Portugal and Ireland scored particularly well. On the other hand, most Eastern European countries, among them Bulgaria and Poland, do not consider themselves particularly innovative. About 26.5% of all innovative businesses in the EU collaborate with corporations, universities or researchers in other countries. Here too, Belgium ranks among the top at 42.3%.