European Regional Competitiveness Scoreboard

The European regional competitiveness scoreboard offers a powerful tool for analyzing a region’s competitive position and its position in global economic networks using a visualization of actual regional data. It determines the competitors of firms in regions, the position of these firms in interregional and international trade, and positions regions vis-à-vis their competitors. The purpose of this tool is to carefully analyze a region’s economic position such that a regional economic development strategy can be built on a sound analysis of regional assets and technology. It thereby enables (regional) policy makers to use this information to develop an evidence-based scientific regional smart specialization strategy. The tool makes use of the newest data visualization technology to present all different aspects of interregional competitiveness. The use of the tool is largely intuitively although there is a report on the regional competitiveness scoreboard with examples of how to use the tool available in Dutch and in English.


  • Competitiveness scoreboard

    The “Competitiveness scoreboard” is the main visualization were all information is combined. It consists of 4 visualizations where data on the competitive position of firms in European regions can be found.

  • Exports and Imports

    In this window, trade between 256 European regions and between those regions and the rest of the world is presented. These sector specific data is visualized by means of a circle which is subdivided into pieces (segments) representing the regions and lines which connect those segments and represent the trade flows.

  • Competitiveness Scores

    This visualization shows the performance of a sector in a region on several competitive factors compared to its competitors. These competitors are firms in those regions that are most active in the same markets as firms from the own region.

  • Trade Network Scores

    This visualization characterizes the trade network of a region according to the number of links they have in their network (degree), the number of links weighted for the size of the trade flows (weighted degree), the strength of the network (the size of the trade flows) and the degree to which exist mutual trade relations within the market of a region (clustering) exists.


This publication is the result of a collaboration between the S3 Platform of the Joint Research Centre's Institute of Prospective Technology Studies, a part of the European Commission's in-house science service, and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policy-making process. The scientific output expressed may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission or the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Neither the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use which might be made of this publication.