European Innovation Scoreboard: Between 2012 and 2019, Malta's performance improves by 24.7% points

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Image: Performance of EU Member States' innovation systems 

by Sarah Mifsud Attard - MCST Policy Intelligence Executive 

In the 2020 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard Malta is included in the group of Moderate Innovators, which includes twelve (12) other Member States whose innovation performance is between 50% and 95% of the EU average. Malta scored 84% relative to the EU average in 2019, and 91% relative to the EU average in 2012.

Performance results between 2012 and 2019 were revised for this year’s edition, and it was observed that overall performance improved for 24 Member States, including Malta, and worsened for three (3) Member States. Amongst other Moderate Innovator countries, Malta was observed to have a performance increase until 2014 followed by a decline in performance in 2016, and a strong performance increase in 2017 and 2018. Malta was also amongst five (5) Member States whose overall performance between 2012 and 2019 improved by 20 percentage points or more; Malta improved by 24.7% points, preceded only by Lithuania (27.8% points).

The measurement framework of the EIS comprises four main categories, namely Framework Conditions, Investments, Innovation activities and Impacts. These in turn are described by a total of 10 innovation dimensions which capture a total of 27 indicators.

In the category of Framework Conditions, Malta performed well overall in all three innovation dimensions. Malta registered one of the highest rates of performance increase in Human Resources between 2012 and 2019 (34.7%); preceded by Spain (66.7%), and followed by Luxembourg (36.2%), and Estonia (34.9%).  Compared to 2018 Malta also registered one of the highest rates of performance for Attractive Research Systems (18.2%). Malta performed above EU average with regards to Innovation-Friendly Environment as well. Between 2012 and 2019 Malta’s rate of performance increase by 128.6%, preceded by Poland (182.7%) and Finland (162.3%). Compared to 2018 Malta again registered one of the highest rates of performance (48.2%), behind Cyprus (60.5%) and Finland (53.9%).

Within the Investments category, Malta registered the highest rate of performance in the Finance and Support dimension between 2012 and 2019 (85.8%) followed by Latvia (81.2%) and Cyprus (57.4%).

Malta also registered the highest rate of performance for Intellectual Assets within the Innovation Activities category between 2012 and 2019 (36%). However, compared to 2018 Malta registered the strongest decline (-24.9%) in Intellectual Assets, mostly due to a decrease in performance for the indicator on ‘Design Applications’.

In the Impacts category, Malta scored one of the highest rates of performance for Employment Impacts within the Impacts category between 2012 and 2019 (53%), preceded by Luxembourg (57.3%).

Malta registered the lowest scores [1] in Private co-funding of public R&D expenditures (8.1%), R&D expenditures in the public sector (8.5%), R&D expenditures in the business sector (20.9%), and Public-private co-publications (23.2%).

With regards to Structural differences, Malta scored higher than EU average in FDI net inflows (MT 30.4%, EU 2.6%), Average annual change in GDP (MT 5.86%, EU 1.84%) and Enterprise births (MT 2.1%, EU 1.1%), and the biggest negative difference for Malta relative to the EU average was observed in Turnover share large enterprises (MT 15.5%, EU 43.2%), Employment share in manufacturing (MT 11.7%, EU 16.6%), and Employment share high and medium high-tech manufacturing (MT 29.7%, EU 37.5%).

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2019 scoring relative to EU 2019 average.


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