The Austrian Presidency's second objective dealt with the European Research Area. ERA wants to create an internal market of knowledge in Europe where researchers with their new knowledge find a home without frontiers, and where technologies for a common market are developed. At the heart of ERA are the reforms carried out by each Member State. Through targeted reforms, every country should increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its innovation system, and strengthen transnational cooperation at all levels. From the Austrian Presidency‘s perspective, strong national RTI systems are needed as well as a strong Framework Programme.

This section provides you with information on the ERA Conclusions that were adopted under the Austrian Council Presidency, relevant documents on this topic as well as an overview of Austrian Presidency events focussing on ERA.