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02 Dec 2015

Competitiveness Council adopts conclusions on ERA governance, gender equality and research integrity

At its most recent meeting on 1 December 2015, the research formation of the Council Competitiveness adopted conclusions on research integrity, on advancing gender equality in the European Research Area (ERA) and on the review of the ERA advisory structure. Ministers also exchanged views on how to make the best possible use of the European Fund for Strategic Investments to stimulate research and innovation.

The meeting was chaired by Marc Hansen, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg. After the meeting, Mr. Hansen said: “The challenging work begun last summer has been accomplished today. Research Integrity is acknowledged as being key to research excellence and socio-economic relevance. Secondly, institutional and cultural change in the framework of the ERA is pivotal to promote gender equality in research. And thirdly, we have revised the advisory structure of the ERA to ensure better and a more efficient functioning.
All these are fundamental pillars to make a genuine and efficient internal market for knowledge circulation and innovation".

An agreement for Tunesia to join Horizon 2020 was signed alongside the Competitiveness Council meeting.

For more information:

Council of the European Union - Competitiveness Council: Main Results

Luxembourg Council Presidency - press release

Photo: Commissioner Carlos Moedas and LU Secretary of State Marc Hansen (by Council Secretariat)

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