The EU Commission has published the third edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report. A country-specific report for Luxembourg is also available, which cites the country’s strengths as being open access and public-private collaborations.
The present ERA Progress Report 2016 summarises the state of play of ERA and the progress on ERA implementation over the period 2014-2016. For the first time progress on ERA has been measured for each country on each priority, on the basis of the ERA Monitoring Mechanism, a set of 24 core indicators jointly defined by Member States, research stakeholders and the Commission.
The report also provides a first insight into the development of the ERA priorities, their link to the ERA Roadmap 2015-2020 and the main areas targeted in the ERA NAPs.
The ERA evolves around six priorities:
- More effective national research systems;
- Optimal transnational co-operation and competition, including ‘optimal transnational cooperation and competition’ and ‘Research Infrastructures’;
- An open labour market for researchers;
- Gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research;
- Optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge, including ‘Knowledge circulation’ and ‘Open Access’;
- International cooperation.
Luxembourg and ERA
Luxembourg participates in seven ERA-NETs, as well as European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programmes, ESF Networking Programmes, and a number of other transnational programmes. The report highlights that Luxembourg holds a leading position in its propensity to publish papers and patent inventions with collaborators within the ERA.