The International Dimension of the ERA (2001)


This communication, published in June 2001, outlines the broad guidelines for a new policy of international scientific and technological cooperation, meeting the strategic objectives of opening the European Research Area up to the world. EU countries should be enabled to benefit from international cooperation in science and technology paving the way for closer political and economic relations, particularly with candidate countries and the countries of the European Economic Area. The new strategy of international cooperation could also make it possible to further develop relations between the European Union and third countries, should help to improve dialogue between certain countries, and raise the profile of science and technology in Europe.