Partnership for ERA
At the informal meeting of research ministers in Brdo, Slovenia, in April 2008, participants agreed that the European Research Area could only be realised with improved management and under consideration of the areas of education and innovation as well as all players. Ministers therefore proposed a process of endorsed governance of the ERA, the so called "Ljubljana Process". This process has as its aim to achieve a consensus between Member States for a new political governance of the European Research Area by the end of 2009.
Under the French presidency in the second half of 2008, an ERA Vision 2020 was developed and adopted at the Competitiveness Council in December 2008.