Partnership is essential to complete ERA.
The most effective and pragmatic approach for completing the European Research Area is a reinforced ERA partnership - deeper, wider and more efficient than to date - between Member States, the Commission and research stakeholder organisations. This means complementing the primary ERA partnership between the Member States and the Commission by systematically involving stakeholder organisations.
The European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) is a strategic policy advisory committee whose principal mission is to provide timely strategic input to the Council, the Commission and Member States on research and innovation issues that are relevant to the development of the European Research Area, the European Semester and the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Innovation Union.
The mandate of the Committee is set out in an annex to the Council resolution on the advisory work for the European Research Area of 31 May 2013 (doc. 10331/13).
The Secretariat of the Committee is provided by the General Secretariat of the Council.
The explicit role for research stakeholder organisations in the reinforced partnership for ERA is new and important. It is consistent with the stakeholder’s wishes, the results of the ERA public consultation and repeated calls by the Council.
On the occasion of the adoption of the ERA Communication 'A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth' on 17 July 2012, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and five Stakeholder Organisations (SHOs):
- European Association of Research and Technological Organisations (EARTO)
- European University Association (EUA)
- League of European Research Universities (LERU)
- Science Europe
signed a Joint Statement, four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and accepted one Unilateral Statement in which SHOs undertook to work together towards the achievement of ERA by 2014 . The Commission set up a Stakeholder Platform to follow up on the implementation of the undertakings and offer SHOs a forum for discussion for the development of ERA policy. The Stakeholder Platform is essential to implement ERA as it offers a unique forum for discussion where Stakeholder Organisations interact not only with the Commission but also amongst themselves and create emulation of partnership activities and enable consensus building. The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) joined the Stakeholder Platform on 17 July 2013 and handed over a Unilateral Statement to the Commission.
A Joint Declaration has been signed by the then six Stakeholder Organisations and the Commission on 13 December 2013. In this Joint Declaration, all organisations reaffirmed their joint commitment to achieving the goals of the European Research Area.
The Stakeholder organisations renewed their membership on 23 June 2015 by signing a Joint Statement with the Commission. Though Nordforsk did not renew their membership, it remains committed to ERA priorities and achievements.
The Stakeholder Platform has a crucial role in the monitoring of the ERA implementation and was closely involved with the conception of the ERA monitoring mechanism, with the choice of ERA indicators and with the ERA Progress reports.
For more information, click on the name of an institution:
• Tenure and tenure track at LERU universities
• 2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions
• Roadmap for Research Data
• Good practice elements in doctoral training 2014
• Online learning at research-intensive universities (June 2014)
• LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections (May 2014)
• Executive Summary
• LERU takes concrete steps towards ERA (January 2014)
• Roadmap to improve the position of SSH-research in the European Research Area and in Horizon 2020 (December 2013)
NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy.
2013 Report on the implementation of ERA actions
Report on programmes using centres of excellence
NordForsk's Policy Papers
The main policy developments from the Commission since the adoption of the ERA Communication are:
The European Commission is supporting a consortium of employers, through Horizon 2020, in creating a single pan-European pension arrangement (RESAVER) that will offer a defined contribution plan tailor-made for research organisations and their employees..
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Produced in collaboration with EARTO, EUA, LERU, NORDFORSK, CESAER, and SCIENCE EUROPE