European Research Area (ERA)
Since the publication of the European Commission’s communication „Towards a European Research Area“ in 2000 the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA) is one of the central missions of the EU in the field of research.
lready in the Lisbon treaty ERA is described as unified research area open to the world and based on the Internal Market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely and through which the framework conditions for competetive research and innovation in Europe are improved.
The most important instrument to implement ERA is the framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
The European Commission explains the ERA conecept in a video.