Consultation on ERA

With the Green Paper on the European Research Area (ERA), the European Commission launched a broad institutional and public debate on what should be done to create a unified and attractive European Research Area, which would fulfil the needs and expectations of the scientific community, business and citizens.

The public consultation on the ERA green paper lasted from 1st May 2007 until 31st August 2007. The consultation process was developed in parallel to the discussion with the other institutions.

Green Paper
'The European Research Area: New Perspectives'

As adopted:

Adopted by the European Commission on 4 April 2007
Available in PDF:
bg [350kb], cs [287kb], fr [211kb], de [160kb], el [340kb],
en [87kb],   es [221kb], et [199kb], fi [210kb], fr [102kb],
hu [243kb], it [209kb], lt [284kb], lv [316kb], mt [294kb],
nl [222kb], pl [284kb], pt [206kb], ro [286kb], sk [282kb],
sl [235kb], sv [206kb]

In printed format:

Available in PDF : de [911kb], en [1.04mb], fr [919kb]
Click here to request a printed copy.


The Green Paper is accompanied by a background document also produced the European Commission. It provides a detailed assessment of progress and an analysis of the current situation and challenges regarding the European Research Area.
Available in PDF : en [464kb]

Access to the Public consultation

The on-line public consultation. which lasted from 1 May 2007 until 31 August 2007, is now closed.

Progress with the debate

You will find here replies to the online consultation and other main developments of the debate on ERA.

Following the public consultation results, the Commission and Member States are now launching new initiatives to develop ERA.