Austrian Council of Ministers accepts Austrian ERA Roadmap
Today, 26 April 2016, the Austrian Council of Ministers has accepted the "Austrian ERA Roadmap", almost exactly one year after the presentation of the “European Research Area Roadmap” on 20 April 2015 at the European Research and Innovation Area Committee (ERAC).
The European ERA Roadmap has been developed for establishing the European Research Area (ERA), and for facilitating and reinforcing the corresponding efforts undertaken by the Member States. At the request of the Council Competitiveness, Member States developed the European ERA Roadmap by working through ERAC and the ERA Related Groups in close cooperation with the Commission and the European Stakeholder Organisations. On 19 May 2015, the Competitiveness Council adopted the ERA Roadmap 2015-20 and called upon each Member State to provide for the national implementation of the European ERA Roadmap by means of national action plans or strategies..
The European ERA Roadmap enumerates seven action priorities for six priority areas which are considered to be essential for further expanding the European Research Area, in accordance with Article 179 (1) TFEU: Effective National Research Systems; Jointly Addressing Grand Challenges; Make Optimal Use of Public Investments in Research Infrastructures; An Open Labour Market for Researchers; Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Research; Optimal Circulation and Transfer of Scientific Knowledge; and International Cooperation.
With the “Austrian ERA Roadmap”, Austria complies with the request of the Council Competitiveness to provide a national ERA Roadmap and follows the European ERA Roadmap, both with regard to structure and to content. The Austrian ERA Roadmap includes objectives, measures and instruments for the implementation of all ERA Roadmap priorities, including timescales and indicators for measuring their success. All measures proposed in the Austrian ERA Roadmap are subject to the availability of funding and have to be agreed with the Federal Ministry of Finance within the framework of the budgetary agreement in principle.
The Dutch EU Council Presidency is planning the presentation of the national implementation plans of the Member States at the Council Competitiveness at the end of May.