A new ERA for research and innovation
Launched in 2000 by Commissioner Busquin, the European Research Area (ERA) sets out to better organise research in Europe and to address the fragmentation of national research systems and the lack of policy coordination between Member States and the EU.
Building on almost 20 years of work of the ERA, the European Council asked the Commission to relaunch the ERA in 2020 with updated policy priorities, governance and monitoring at national and EU level.
ERRIN welcomes the European Commission communication A new ERA for Research and Innovation, where multi-level governance and a systemic approach are key components in creating research, innovation, and knowledge that will provide solutions for the environmental, social, and economic transformations needed to tackle our societal challenges. To do so, the innovation dimension needs to be further embedded in the ERA.
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ERRIN's recommendations on the future of the European Research Area
ERA governance taking shape
In February 2021, the European Commission launched the ERA Forum for Transition to prepare the governance framework of the new ERA together with Member States. Tied to the Forum is an informal expert group, which will provide recommendations on the ERA governance framework, develop the first ERA policy agenda, and provide input on a new annual ERA scoreboard to monitor progress.
A first action of the Forum is to adopt a Pact for research and innovation in Europe with the objective to reinforce the commitment to shared policies and principles as well as making the ERA governance process more effective and impactful. As such, the Pact will set the direction for national and EU research and innovation policy for the next decade.
ERRIN continues to be involved as a stakeholder organisation and developed an input paper via the Policy WG underlining three key principles that would strengthen and make the ERA more impactful: broadening the scope by explicitly including innovation; integrating a place-based research and innovation ecosystem approach; and applying a truly multi-level governance model where the regional and local levels are included.