The government will support the economy in the short term with a purchasing power package and cushioning the rising energy bill. At the same time, there are plenty of private and government investments in research and innovation in order to have sufficient jobs and income in the Netherlands in the long term. For example in artificial intelligence, quantum, photonics and hydrogen. The innovative strength of EU countries is assessed annually in the authoritative European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). In the list published today, the Netherlands has risen one place (from 5 to 4) and is now designated as ‘Innovation Leader’.