04 Oct 2021
R&I stakeholders call for including them in governance of new ERA
A number of European research and innovation (R&I) stakeholder organisations have published an open letter addressed to the EU institutions, in which they express the need to include R&I stakeholders in the governance of the renewed European Research Area (ERA). The new ERA governance system is due to be finalised at the Council Competitiveness in late November 2021. The stakeholders' open letter highlights what it regards as "the necessity and added value of including R&I stakeholders in the co-creation and implementation of the new ERA". It states that "R&I stakeholders provide high-quality, collective input from different communities within the R&I system, all of which are necessary to achieve an effective and resilient ERA”.
The letter is aimed at the EU institutions, but is is specifically addressed to Slovenian Minister Simona Kustec and EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. The signatories stress that their inclusion in the ERA governance will ensure that policies and legislation will be developed in a structured and sustained way. They also commit to effective engagement and structural representation of diverse perspectives.
The 16 signatories include, amongst others, the European University Association (EUA), The Guild, CESAER, Science Europe, or the Young European Research Universities (YERUN).