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EUA lends weight to all new European Research Area actions


European University Association prioritises some ERA actions, which member states should narrow down today

The European University Association has committed to supporting all of the potential new priority actions for the European Research Area policy package that are being considered by EU member state governments.

“Given the importance of ERA for European research and innovation and [our] long-standing commitment to its advancement, EUA has expressed its commitment to all 18 actions,” the group announced today.

The ERA is a decades-old initiative for improving European R&I, including by overcoming barriers to the free movement of knowledge and researchers around Europe.

EU member state governments agreed to consider potential new priority actions for the ERA, which include reforming research assessment, making research careers more attractive and boosting R&D investment.

Actions that receive the backing of enough member states will be taken forward in the coming years—and the EUA said that today is the day when the member states will set out their positions.

Of an initial 20 potential actions, one has been merged into two others while a second is still awaiting a template for member states to express their support, resulting in the EUA backing the 18 actions for which a template for national commitments is available.

The EUA said 11 of the actions were of the “utmost priority”, including those on open science, gender equality and academic freedom.

“EUA looks forward to the announcement of the commitments made by member states and hopes that these commitments meet the expectations of R&I stakeholders and, even more importantly, the great challenges faced by European R&I,” it said.