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10 Dec 2014

Competitiveness Council adopts Conclusions on ERA Progress Report

At its meeting on 5 December 2014, the Competitiveness Council adopted Conclusions on the following three topics: the ERA Progress Report 2014, on Research and Innovation as Sources of Renewed Growth, and on the Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. It also held an orientation debate on Science with and for Society. In its Conclusions, the Council emphasised that ERA remains a major EU policy objective. Thus member states need to improve their conditions for RDI and increase public and private investment in this sector, in order to reach the 3% target.

The Council regards the second ERA Progress Report 2014 as providing a view of the progress that has already been made towards the achievement of ERA. However, more efforts by member states and research stakeholders are still required to make ERA fully operational. An ERA Roadmap at European level is due to be developed by mid-2015. It should outline a shared understanding of the ERA principles and concrete measures to implement them, together with a set of tools and best practices, in order to support member states when implementing ERA.

Austria was represented at the Competitiveness Council by Secretary of State Harald Mahrer (photo with Commissioner for Research Carlos Moedas).

For further information:

Council Conclusions: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/intm/146063.pdf

ERA Progress Report and attachments for download: http://era.gv.at/object/document/1449

Photo: Council Secretariat http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu/

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