The more developed EU regions tend to score well on most creativity and innovation indicators, such as core creative class, R&D and human capital intensity.
The less developed regions, however, outperform the rest of the EU on a few indicators, in particular on productivity growth, which is the main driver of the continuing regional convergence.
This report also includes a short summary of the 391 responses to the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion. It is accompanied by 11 factsheets which map and analyse key creativity and innovation indicators. This report marks one of the building blocks in the wider debate on the future Cohesion Policy and will feed into the Fifth Cohesion Report on Economic and Social Cohesion, due for publication in autumn 2010. Numerous other events and discussions will help to shape the proposal for the reform of the policy which the Commission will present following the EU budget review.