EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA : POTOCNIK SEEKS NEW IDEAS TO BUILD A COMMON MARKET FOR R&D.

Commissioner Janez Potocnik has outlined some of his priorities regarding the review of the European Research Area to be launched this year, during a speech in Bonn on 15 January.

Speaking at the German national launch event for the 7th Framework Programme, the research commissioner noted a series of points that he wants to see assessed in the review, notably how easy it is for researchers to move between facilities and organisations, to have their qualifications recognised cross-border, to easily access funding sources, and to be able to use the most advanced research infrastructures.

Potocnik stated that the goal will be "to see how many internal research walls have been knocked down since the European Research Area was first suggested seven years ago," and to "come forward with new ideas about making ERA stronger," noting that "most of the scientists I meet tell me how they experience fragmentation and duplication across Europe". He explained that DG Research needs to act now in order to be ready for the review of the EU budget that will take place in 2009, having stated earlier in his address that "I am not the first, nor will I be the last politician saying that his area needs a higher budget".

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According to a spokesperson for the commissioner, it is planned that the EU executive will launch the review through the adoption of a green paper in March, which will then be discussed at the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council to take place in Wurzburg on 26-27 April. Public...

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