Knowledge is a key driver of economic growth and job creation. If Europe is to compete on a global scale, it must maintain its commitment to research and innovation excellence. The European Council has underlined that, in order to attract talent and investment, Europe needs a unified research area, an open space for knowledge, research and innovation. The European Research Area (ERA) will enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to work and co-operate freely across borders.
I am delighted to present the 2014 ERA Progress Report and the accompanying Facts & Figures. This year's report presents a full assessment of progress made in the ERA priorities in all EU Member States and some Associated Countries since 2013. There is a new dimension to this year's report in that it presents the new ERA-related policies introduced by Member States and assesses the degree to which they are being implemented.
The report confirms that the ERA partnership has made good progress in delivering ERA. The conditions for the completion of ERA identified in the 2012 ERA Communication are now in place. A solid monitoring mechanism has been established and is delivering data on levels of progress. It is an essential component in ERA policy-making. The completion of ERA, like the internal market, remains a gradual process. It is now up to Member States to implement the necessary reforms.
There are many ways of implementing ERA, but it is most effective when there is a national framework in place. This is why I will continue to support and encourage Member States and research stakeholders when implementing their ERA reforms and key actions.
The conditions for the completion of the European Research Area, as requested by the European Council (Member States are adopting the necessary reforms, research stakeholders are implementing the ERA actions, the Commission increased its support to ERA through Horizon 2020 and the monitoring mechanism has been agreed and established) are now in place. The ERA Progress report 2014 presents the areas where further effort is needed.
You can download the document which presents the "Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Progress Report 2014" .
» Read the "ERA Facts and Figures 2014" .
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