The Joint Research Centre Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is a new initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at Country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe.
It produces in collaboration with country based external experts detailed yearly RIO Country Reports assessing the evolution of national R&I systems and identifying key challenges to feed into the EU policy process. It also provides as of 2016 a series of thematic analytical cross-country reports on issues such as the impact of public funding instruments on excellence, on policies to support the growth of innovative companies, on smart fiscal consolidation and on effective knowledge transfer mechanisms between business and academia.
Every Semester, the Commission's yearly cycle of economic policy coordination, supports Member States' structural reforms in different policy areas to promote jobs, growth and investment. Research and innovation play a key role in this context. That is why the Commission gives recommendations to and closely work with the Member States to increase the performance of their national research and innovation systems.
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