On the 16 September 2014, the European Commission presented the ERA progress report. It shows that the ERA partnership between Member States, research stakeholders and the Commission has made good progress in delivering European Research Area (ERA), and that the conditions for achieving it identified in 2012 (see the Commission’s Communication - A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth) are in place at the European level.
The Commission feels that the ERA has already proven to be good for performance of Member States and research institutions. The report includes findings such as:
open and attractive research systems are more innovative;
research institutions implementing ERA produce a higher number of publications and patent applications per researcher, generating more knowledge;
The research impact of researchers who have moved between countries is nearly 20% higher than those who have not.
As a next step, reforms must now be implemented at the Member State level. Member States are due to put forward 'ERA Roadmaps' by mid-2015, which will outline their next steps towards ERA implementation.
The full report can be found here.