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07 May 2020

Position paper outlines Dutch research community priorities for future of ERA

A position paper “Towards an ambitious European Research Area – delivering on the Fifth Freedom” has recently been published by Neth-ER, the Netherlands House for Education and Research that represents the Dutch research community. The document was prepared in the light of the upcoming European Commission's Communication for a new European Research Area and establishes the Dutch views and recommendations for the new ERA after 2020. Neth-ER represents the Dutch research community.

According to the position paper, renewed and reinforced efforts at both European and national level will be needed to achieve a fully functional ERA. For the ERA to reach its full potential, Neth-ER believes the future of the ERA should reflect three priorities:

  1. A renewed impetus for the ERA: Both Member States and the EU need to recommit to the ERA and step up efforts to implement the ERA priorities. To achieve the ERA, we need the full support of all parties involved, ranging from Member States and the Commission to research and innovation stakeholders. This should be accompanied by stronger enforcement, enabling the Commission to ensure compliance of the Member States.
  2. Strengthen R&D across Europe: Member States should be held accountable to strengthen their national research systems and uphold the 3% investment norm.
  3. An ERA fit for the future: New realities – such as structural changes in the research sector, the geopolitical context, digitalisation – should be reflected in the ERA.

These points and twelve recommendations are further elaborated on in the position paper (download below).

The position paper is also available on the Neth-ER website.


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