Foreword to the 2018 progress report

This fourth edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report for the period 2016-2018 comes as we are more than halfway through the implementation of the ERA roadmap 2015-2020.

The National Action Plans that most countries have published in 2016 in line with the ERA roadmap show an ambition to make further progress on ERA.

Progress in achieving ERA's goals, as measured against a core set of 24 indicators covering all six ERA priorities, is real. But the pace seems to be slowing and large disparities between countries persist.

There is not only considerable room for further improvement on most priorities. The slowing down of progress overall also calls for a reflection on how to accelerate, strengthen and further encourage implementation of ERA priorities.

The premise and promise of ERA is to better align national and European research and innovation agendas, reaching critical mass and true value added at European level. As new challenges arise, European and national authorities need to increasingly adapt their policy response in order to seize new opportunities and remove old obstacles.

ERA priorities will thus also evolve over time. There is an expectation for a review and deepening of the ERA in 2020. Our common goal – of Member States, Associated Countries and the European Commission – is to continue building in close cooperation with all ERA-stakeholders a modern and agile ERA that enables us to jointly help shape the future we want, for the benefit of all European citizens.

Jean-Eric Paquet,
Director-General for DG Research & Innovation

2018 Progress report

ERA progress report 2018
Progress reportFebruary 2019Research and Innovation

ERA progress report 2018

The 4th edition comprises the progress report, the technical report, the monitoring handbook and the indicators tables.

Country snapshots

Previous progress reports

ERA progress report 2016
Report07 February 2017Research and Innovation

ERA progress report 2016

The 3rd edition comprises the report, the staff working document, the technical report, the monitoring handbook and the indicators tables.

ERA progress report 2014
ReportSeptember 2014Research and Innovation

ERA progress report 2014

The 2nd edition comprises the report and the facts and figures document

ERA progress report 2013
ReportJanuary 2014Research and Innovation

ERA progress report 2013

The 1st edition comprises the report and the facts and figures document