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The European Commission launched a consultation open to public funding agencies in order to identify barriers to ‘a single market for researchers’, as the European Research Area (ERA) is sometimes defined. The survey is available on the ERA website.
Drawing on the concept of a single economic market for the European Union, offering freedom of movement to the workers and for the capitals necessary for production within the Union, the European Research Area seeks to facilitate the mobility of researchers on the continent but also to stimulate movement of public funds dedicated to research and innovation in Europe: allowing a German engineer to participate in a research project partly financed by a French innovation agency.
'EUREKA THE PLATFORM OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN INNOVATION FUNDING AGENCIES IN EUROPE IS TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN THE EFFORTS TO DEVELOP COOPERATION ACROSS PUBLIC FUNDS IN THE EU.'
Transnational cooperation between innovation funding agencies is an essential feature of the European Research Area as it is considered a priority mean to share public funds available for research across European countries.
EUREKA, the platform of collaboration between innovation funding agencies in Europe is to play a major role in the efforts to develop cooperation across public funds in the EU.
The consultation 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.