EU: European Commission wants to know what keeps researchers from working internationally

We’re seeing a lot of initiatives by the European Commission to make the single market a reality, rather than a top down construct. Only this morning, we wrote about talks between the large European telco’s to create a big European mobile infrastructure player. Apparently, EU competition chief Almunia is looking favorably upon the idea.

Also, the European Commission asked the public funding agencies to identify barriers to ‘a single market for researchers’, as the European Research Area (ERA) is sometimes defined.

The European Research Area seeks to make it easier for researchers to work internationally, but also to stimulate circulation of public funds dedicated to research and innovation around the EU, like allowing a German engineer to participate in a research project partly financed by a French innovation agency.

Better international cooperation between public funding agencies is a priority for the ERA project.

The consultation among the public funding agencies will run until 25 January 2013 and the analysis of the aggregated results of the survey at national level in the twenty-seven countries of the European Union will be published on the Commission’s website during the year.


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