Commissioner presents the Communication on 'A Reinforced European Research Area - Partnership for Excellence and Growth'
"Europe leads in many fields, but we can’t afford to be complacent. We produce more scientific publications than the US, but our publications are less frequently cited than theirs. In other words, we are falling behind when it comes to the very best research with the highest impact."
Brussels, 17 June 2012
Ladies and gentlemen,
Especially in the present economically challenging times, taxpayers want to know that public funding of research, and the results it produces, are put to the best use.
That is why the European Commission has today adopted two important policy papers: on completing the European Research Area and on open access to scientific information. I would like to say a few words about the former, and will then hand over to the Vice President Neelie to talk in more detail about open access. The European Research Area was launched in 2000 with the goal of creating a real single market in knowledge, open to the world. We have had some notable successes: the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, for example, have allowed over 60,000 researchers to move across borders. But in other areas, progress has been patchy. We have identified the science infrastructures we need for the coming decades, but have not necessarily put in place the funding to build them. Less than 1% of national research funding is currently co-ordinated across borders.