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Tiring of ERA

The Horizon 2020 proposal has not tackled even the most obvious problems with ERA, and industry seems to be losing interest too. Elizabeth Gibney takes a closer look.

The Horizon 2020 proposal, announced on 30 November, has done little to implement the measures researchers say are needed to create a single market for research in Europe—the European Research Area.

Horizon 2020 leaves a number of issues outstanding, many of which have been repeatedly pointed out since the ERA was first proposed in 2000. According to research and innovation commissioner Márie Geoghegan-Quinn, this latest—and third—consultation ERA: Areas of untapped potential, which closed on 30 November, was intended to “redefine” the ERA.

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