With the adoption of the Green Paper on the European Research Area (ERA), the European Commission has opened a broad debate to find out what needs to be done to create a unified and attractive European Research Area, fulfilling the needs and expectations of citizens and the scientific and business communities.
The debate was open to everyone with an interest in the realisation of a European knowledge society. In particular, the Commission expects to receive responses from research institutions (including universities), researchers, industry, civil society organisations, national and regional public authorities as well as the general public.
The Commission will use the results of the debate to prepare initiatives that will be proposed in 2008.
The online consultation remained open for 4 months, from the 1st of May 2007 to the 31st of August 2007.
The consultation has given rise to over 800 written submissions, opinions and recommendations from Member States, industry, universities, research institutions, researchers and other European institutions.
There have been 685 replies to the online questionnaire, and a further 145 ad hoc submissions, mainly from organisations.
Responses to the consultation: click here for detailed overview.
Results of the Stakeholder Consultation
Detailed report and summary of the stakeholder consultation:
Adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 2 April 2008 available in PDF format in [397kb]
In printed format:
available in PDF format in [2.6mb]