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Future of ERA

01WHAT'S UP

02INTRODUCTION

In 2020, the European Research Area celebrated the 20th anniversary of its implementation. Over the last two decades, a wide range of ERA-related policy reforms and initiatives have been successfully implemented, contributing towards the overarching objective of realising the ERA.

The ERA is currently in a transition period driven by new trends in the field of R&I policies, such as mission orientation or open science. The Commission is planning a Communication on the ERA beyond 2020 for mid-2020, is and the next review of the ERA advisory structure which will take place no later than 2021.

The need for a new ERA paradigm is recognised in the European Leaders’ agenda 2019-2024 which underlines that "we must step up investment in people’s skills and education, do more to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, and increase research efforts, in particular by addressing the fragmentation of European research, development and innovation".

Against this background, an ERAC Ad-hoc Working Group on the Future of the ERA was established in 2019 and prepared the ERAC Opinion on the future of ERA.

This section provides background information, input papers and news on developments in the current discussions on the future of the ERA.

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