Poland maintained its position in the EU's Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014 ranking and still occupies the fourth place... from the end of the list among member states. Less innovative than Poland are only Romania, Latvia, and Bulgaria. – There is a huge gap between our score and the EU average and we are light years away from the leading innovators - like Sweden, Denmark, and Germany - says Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland.
It turns out that the increase in spending on research and development to 0.9 per cent of GDP in 2012 - which was hailed as a big success in Poland - did not translate into an improvement in our country's position on the European map of innovation. According to the Innovation Union Scoreboard the only strength of our country is the availability of qualified human resources.
What should we do to raise the level of innovation of the economy and Polish entrepreneurs? We should bring about a better cooperation between business and science, create financial and fiscal incentives for innovative entrepreneurs and conditions for the development of financing methods for innovative companies.
EU funds granted under the financial perspective for 2014-2020 can also play an important role. It is crucial, however, to allocate them to pioneering and even risky - and not just imitative projects.
The aim of the actions described above is not only to improve our position in innovation rankings but also to modernize the economy. As a result, you can expect to see more modern enterprises with high export potential – and it should be noted that the share of high technology in total exports is in the case of Poland a one-digit figure, which is significantly lower than in the neighbour countries and the EU average.
Piotr Wołejko, expert of the Employers of Poland