Toward innovation-driven growth: innovation systems and policies in EU member states of Central Eastern Europe

Client/Funding Institution

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung


In this follow-up study building upon prior analyses of a new growth model for EU-CEE countries, our objectives are fivefold: (1) To explain in accessible terms the types of innovation systems and policies that foster the development of domestic innovation capabilities, drawing on global best practice. (2) To conduct a critical evaluation of the current innovation landscape in EU-CEE countries, considering the impacts of ongoing green and digital megatrends. (3) To assess the strengths and weaknesses of innovation policies within EU-CEE countries, encompassing both national initiatives and opportunities stemming from EU industrial and technology policy frameworks. (4) To formulate a set of actionable policy recommendations aimed at fostering innovation-driven growth in the EU-CEE countries, thereby increasing productivity and resource efficiency. These recommendations will be tailored to the medium-term timeframe and take into account the political and historical context of the EU-CEE countries. (5) To tailor the findings of the study to the specific development needs and opportunities of each country through the preparation of country-specific briefing notes, while remaining mindful of the common challenges and opportunities across the EU-CEE region.


September 2023 - March 2024

wiiw team Leader

Zuzana Zavarská

wiiw Staff

Alexandra Bykova, Corinna Covi, Richard Grieveson, Francesca Guadagno, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Nadya Heger, Niko Korpar, Sebastian Leitner, Maryna Tverdostup

Project Partners

Viktória Döme, Jan Mus, Magdolna Sass, Andrea Szalavetz, Bernd Christoph Ströhm

Keywords: Growth model, EU-CEE countries, Innovation systems, Innovation policies, Domestic innovation capabilities, Global best practice, Innovation landscape, Green megatrends, Digital megatrends, National initiatives, EU industrial policy, Technology policy frameworks, Innovation-driven growth, Productivity, Resource efficiency

Countries covered: Central and East Europe, EU

Research Areas: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy