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Czech Republic - European Semester

The Europe 2020 Strategy set a 3% objective for R&D intensity for the EU as a whole and most Member States have adopted a national R&D intensity target for 2020. The European Semester, the EU's annual cycle of economic policy coordination, undertakes a detailed analysis of the EU Member States’ plans for R&I investment and structural reforms of national R&I systems, and provides them with recommendations.

The Annual Growth Survey 2016 highlighted that investing in R&I at national level is critical for growth and that therefore Member States should continue to prioritise public investments in R&I, ensuring their efficiency and leverage with regard to business investment. Member States need to keep up the pace of reforms to ensure an investment-friendly environment. See more information about the European Semester.

 
 

Research and Innovation Performance

The European Semester 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 R&I systems.
Have a look and see how the country is performing.

Report year
2016
Document type
Report type
R&I performance
Geo coverage
Publication date
10 November 2016

European Semester Country Report

R&D intensity has increased significantly in recent years, reaching 1.95 % of GDP in 2015, nearly at par with the EU average of 2 %. The national target for public R&D expenditure (1 % of GDP in 2020) will be attained (Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, 2015a).

The strong increase in R&D intensity since 2005 is not being matched by corresponding improvements in the quality of outcomes. While progress has been made, the Czech Republic still fares significantly below the average EU performance in terms of openness and excellence of its research system and intellectual assets according to the 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard.

The Czech authorities have set out a list of priorities for the R&D sector, in line with the recently-adopted European Research Area Roadmap (2016-2020). Proposed reforms to the governance of the R&D system are being pursued. In September 2016 the updated National Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation was approved by the Commission. Furthermore, a number of operational programmes are being also put into place to support R&D, innovation and competitiveness.

The new evaluation methodology (Metodika 17+), which intends to strengthen the steering and structure of responsibilities related to the evaluation and allocation of research funding was approved by the government in February 2017.

Report year
2017
Document type
Report type
European Semester Country Report
Geo coverage
Publication date
22 February 2017

European Semester - Country specific recommendation

No Country specific recommendation for Czech Republic on research and innovation in 2016.

Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF)

No PSF reports available for Czech Republic.
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