EUA and the European Commission sign a Memorandum of Understanding to define partnership in delivering the European Research Area (ERA)
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The Memorandum recognizes the key role of universities as crucial actors in building a unified research area in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology will circulate without restrictions, thus strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and capacity
The European University Association (EUA) and the European Commission signed and presented This Memorandum last 17 July 2012, on the occasion of the launch of the European Commission’s new Communication on a ‘Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth’, based on an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Europe’s research systems.
Parallel to that, EUA and the Commission also signed a Joint Statement with stakeholder organizations such as the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Nordic organization NordForsk, and the association Science Europe (SE), in order to establish a partnership-based working environment with the goal of achieving the ERA by 2014.
Through the Memorandum, EUA wants to build on existing activities to support its member universities in areas like strengthening researchers’ careers, improving researcher mobility, university-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer, cross-border cooperation, and the development of open access to research publications and data.
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