Poland is ranked fourth ... from the end in terms of innovation by the EU's Innovation Union Scoreboard ranking. However, the Global Innovation Index - prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and INSEAD - ranks us the last but one in the EU (only ahead of Greece).
- Innovation plays an important role in the modernization of Polish economy and the labour market - says Piotr Wołejko, an expert of the Employers of Poland. – Today, it is wages, still lower than in Western Europe, and qualified staff that mainly make the competitive advantage of our firms. Rarely, however, do we offer high-tech innovative solutions – Wołejko adds.
Poland allots only 0.77 % of GDP to research and development - three times less than the leaders of innovation only a third of which is put up by the private sector. – It is necessary to increase the share of business in expenditure on innovation. We should create our own solutions rather than buy foreign technology - says Wołejko. He adds: - It is essential to develop mechanisms for cooperation between business and science, encourage colleges to be receptive to business and the market, as well as greater commercialization of research.