National Reform Programme for Ireland under Europe 2020 Strategy

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
South-East Regional Authority
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Research Infrastructures
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
National Reform Programme for Ireland under Europe 2020 Strategy
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
What is the aim/objective? 
The main policy priority that National Reform Programme addresses is Research and Innovation strategies (policy development at high level: priorities/regulatory). The document sets out a target in respect of Research and Development, namely to raise combined public and private investment levels in this sector to 2.5 per cent of GNP (approximately equivalent to 2.0 per cent of GDP). - Strategic Research policies (long-term research agendas) - Innovation strategies Target group/ beneficiaries: Government, EU, public
Give an overview of the instrument 
The National Reform Programme for Ireland was prepared in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy which replaced the Lisbon Strategy for Jobs and Growth. The document identifies national targets in each of the five headline areas contained within the 2020 strategy. It also outlines the main bottlenecks to the achievement of these targets and it sets out the measures necessary to allow Ireland to overcome these bottlenecks and achieve its national targets. The government noted that the publication of the National Reform Programme coincided with a time of great challenge for the Irish economy. Ireland is adjusting to a severe recession complicated by banking and fiscal crises. The scale of this challenge is without domestic precedent, and has few international parallels. This National Reform Programme is fully consistent with the aims and objectives of the Programme of Financial Support for Ireland agreed with the IMF and European institutions. As outlined in that Programme, the restoration of sustainability to the public finances is a key priority. The Irish Government has committed to the implementation of a budgetary consolidation package of €9.6 billion over the 2011-2012 period, with a commitment to review progress on deficit reduction in preparation for Budget 2013 to enable Ireland reduce the General Government Deficit to below 3% of GDP by 2015.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
The National Reform Programme sets out the following National Targets: ■Employment – The Irish government is seeking to raise to 69-71 per cent the employment rate for women and men aged 20-64, including through the greater participation of young people, older workers and low-skilled workers and the better integration of legal migrants, and to review the target level of ambition in 2014, in the context of a proposed mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. ■Research and Development – to raise combined public and private investment levels in this sector to 2.5 per cent of GNP (approximately equivalent to 2.0 per cent of GDP). ■Climate Change – to reduce emissions in the non-traded sector by 20 per cent compared to 2005 levels; to increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 16 per cent; and to move towards a 20 per cent increase in energy efficiency. ■Education – to reduce the percentage of 18-24 year olds with at most lower secondary education and not in further education and training to 8 per cent; and to increase the share of 30-34 years olds having completed tertiary or equivalent education to at least 60 per cent. ■Poverty – to reduce the number experiencing consistent poverty to between 2-4 per cent by 2012, with the aim of eliminating consistent poverty by 2016, which will lift at least 186,000 people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?