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27 Feb 2020

European Commission and Austrian stakeholders discuss future of ERA

With a view to preparing the European Commission's new ERA Communication, a stakeholder workshop took place in Vienna on 26 February 2020. It was the second stop of the Commission’s ERA - Tour des Capitales. At the premises of the Austrian Research Promotion Ageny (FFG), Director General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, had an extensive full day discussion with representatives of Austrian stakeholders and policy makers on the future of ERA. Among the main messages given to DG Paquet are the following:

  • ERA as a concept is broadly supported. But it is a widely shared notion that ERA needs better branding and more visibility in Europe but also globally.

  • For industry, framework conditions including human resources are the number one concern. The global search for talent, bureaucratic hurdles like restrictions for third country nationals and fragmented pension systems in Europe are key issues.

  • European Partnerships are broadly supported. However, stakeholders call for simple rules and less bureaucracy.

  • Stakleholders clearly ask for harmonized rules for R&I funding and for access to Research Infrastructures throughout Europe

  • Action at European level must be much faster. There should be less policy papers and more proposals for concrete solutions and more and faster action.

  • A solid education base is needed. Education plays a crucial role and should be high on the European agenda.

  • The knowledge and experience of national agencies should be used more often when designing European initiatives.

  • The current ERA priorities are still valid but delivery on these priorities must be fundamentally improved.

The Commission's communication on ERA is expected to be published by June 2020.

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