Results of the debate

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.

This debate takes place at various levels and consists of:

Stakeholder Consultation

The European Commission invited citizens and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of the European Research Area (ERA) by participating in an online consultation. The consultation took the form of a questionnaire, the contents of which reflect and expand upon the questions and issues raised in the Green Paper "The European Research Area: New Perspectives". The public consultation lasted from 1 May 2007 until 31 August 2007. The results of the online consultation are being used by the Commission, in conjunction with other inputs, to support proposals for the future development of ERA. For more information, read more here.

Institutional Debate

The political and inter-institutional debate continued after the closure of the public consultation. Input was provided by, amongst others, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. Member States could also present their views individually, in addition to presenting them through the Council.
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Conference "The future of Science and Technology in Europe"

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The high-level Conference, held in Lisbon from 8 to 10 October 2007, brought together more than 400 participants: representatives of the EU institutions and Member States, representatives of the stakeholders in the ERA debate, and other experts.

For more information, read more here.

Expert Groups Analyses

The Commission used the results of the debate to prepare initiatives for the future development of ERA. To support this work, the Commission has set up a number of Expert Groups corresponding to each of the aspects of the Green Paper. These expert groups are followed the various strands of the debate closely. Their work was crucial in supporting the development of concrete policy proposals.
For more information, read more here.