Thursday 31 December 2009

European Research Area: Enhanced governance

The European Research Area (ERA) is and evolving concept, aiming to:

 Enable researchers to move and interact seamlessly, benefit from world-class infrastructures and work with excellent networks of research institutions;

 Share, teach, value and use knowledge effectively for social, business and policy purposes;

 Optimise and open European, national and regional research programmes in order to support the best research throughout Europe and coordinate these programmes to address major challenges together;

 Develop strong links with partners around the world so that Europe benefits from the worldwide progress of knowledge, contributes to global development and takes a leading role in international initiatives to solve global issues.

At the highest level, the Council of the European Union has adopted a resolution, which has now been officially published:

COUNCIL RESOLUTION of 3 December 2009 on the enhanced governance of the European Research Area (ERA), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 31.12.2009 C 323/1.

The resolution recapitulates the main phases of the ERA and focuses on the future role of CREST (the Scientific and Technical Research Committee).

Ralf Grahn

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