The European Union has the objective of strengthening its scientific and technological bases by achieving a European Research Area in which researchers, knowledge and technology circulate freely.
I am very pleased therefore to present the 2013 ERA Progress Report and accompanying Facts & Figures.
For the first time, European Union Member States, stakeholder organisations, research-funding and research-performing organisations and citizens have a comprehensive overview of the political context,
steps taken and first achievements towards the completion of ERA.
This factual information, both at national and European level, provides a baseline upon which we can build our work as we move into 2014.
I am convinced that ERA policy and structural reforms can only be based on a monitoring mechanism providing accurate information on national policies and on their implementation by research funding and research performing organisations. Like our science, our policy making will only be as robust as the evidence used to underpin it. I urge all Member States and relevant stakeholders to support further this evolving monitoring process.
European Commissioner for Research,
Innovation and Science
Optimising Europe's public research systems is vital to remain competitive globally and improve the quality of life in Europe. The reinforced European Research Area Partnership is paying off.
The first measures taken by Member States to reform their national research systems and the support provided by Stakeholder Organisations, notably those which signed the Joint Statement with the Commission,
are tangible achievements for the completion of ERA.
The ERA Progress Report 2013 provides a snapshot of the situation in Member States and some Associated Countries. It represents the baseline for a full assessment of progress next year. The 2014 report will establish whether the efforts deployed have been sufficient to complete ERA, as requested by the European Council.
Facts and Figures show the different levels of progress towards the completion of ERA, reflecting national priorities. The observed diversity is a strength. But more-coordinated efforts still need to be deployed for the timely completion of ERA.
Some of the sources of information used in the report:
The Facts and Figures report is based on information collected by Commission services as well as contributions from Member States. Countries associated to the framework programme also participated in the exercise, notably Iceland and Norway provided specific self-assessments. In addition, Germany and France presented a self-assessment on ERA progress.