The aim of the European Research Area (ERA) is to enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to better move, compete and co-operate across borders© Anton Balazh, Fotolia
JRC analysis significantly contributed to the evaluation of ERA
The JRC has significantly contributed to the report and produced, in collaboration with independent national experts, a series of “ERA fiches”, covering all 28 EU Member States, as well as the countries associated to FP7. These 41 country fiches gather detailed information on national laws, strategies and dedicated policy instruments in relation to the priorities to come to a European Research Area, as set out in the Commission’s 2012 ERA Communication. JRC input included an in-depth analysis of all the data, offering a synthetic picture on progress towards achieving the ERA. The Progress Report also builds on the JRC ERAWATCH analytical country reports, which provide an annual expert assessment of the status and evolution of national research and innovation systems. The latest edition, which focuses on developments in 2012, has recently been published on the ERAWATCH website. A 2013 edition is now under preparation.
The European Research Area is about enabling researchers, research institutions and businesses to better move, compete and co-operate across borders. This would strengthen EU Member States' research systems, increase their competitiveness and allow them to work together more effectively to tackle major challenges.
ERAWATCH, the European Commission's information platform on European, national and regional research and innovation systems and policies, is a long term initiative jointly carried out by the JRC and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG-RTD).