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Consultation on the ERA Framework: Areas of untapped potential for the development of the European Research Area (ERA)
Policy field(s)
Research, Innovation
Target group(s)
This public consultation aims at gathering views and evidence from stakeholders on the key obstacles which have to be tackled to achieve a well-functioning ERA.
Completing ERA will require the support and effort of all EU Member States and Associated Countries and their stakeholders (e.g. research performing organisations including universities, funding organisations, researchers, private sector and civil society).
Period of consultation
From 13.09.2011 to 30.11.2011
Objective of the consultation

The Heads of State and Government of the European Union have called to address remaining gaps for the achievement of the European Research Area rapidly in order to complete the ERA by 2014 to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation. The consultation aims to reinforce the Commission analysis of the key issues to be addressed as well as to gather views on their importance: researchers' careers and mobility, research infrastructures, cross-border operation of research actors, knowledge circulation, International cooperation and cross-cutting governance issues.

The outcome of the consultation will help the Commission to decide on those issues, which should be addressed as priorities when preparing by 2012 the ERA Framework, which will set out the focused, proportionate and effective measures to be taken to realize ERA. The ERA Framework will focus on non-funding measures (Horizon 2020 being the financial pillar and incentives of the Union's action).

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
View the consultation document

Before submitting your contribution, please read carefully the consultation document which provides background and guidance to the consultation.

View the questionnaire

You can respond to one or more of the sections of the questionnaire. Only Section 1 on 'information about the respondent ' is mandatory to fill in.
The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is 90 Minutes. Please try to fill in the questionnaire within this time limit. If you do not have sufficient time to fill in the questionnaire, you have to save the information submitted within 90 minutes and then enter the system again to submit your remaining contribution. You can, however, preview/print a pdf version of the online questionnaire.

In addition to responding to the questionnaire on-line, you can submit a separate written contribution at
Reference documents and other, related consultations

You can read the European Council conclusions of 4 February 2011

Contact details
Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, Unit B1
Postal address: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit B1, SDME Office 2/53, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps
A summary of results of the consultation will be published on the ERA portal and it will be presented and discussed at a wrap-up event with stakeholders in the beginning of 2012.
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