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European Research Area

The European Research Area (ERA) is a central policy initiative by the European Commission (EC), the member states of the European Union (EU) and a number of associated countries, including, for example, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. It is intended to improve joint research between researchers in different countries and harmonise research policy in Europe. To this end, the ERA is a combination of different research programmes, which constitute a space within which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology should circulate freely.

Today, the ERA is based on the Lisbon Treaty, which highlights that the EU should have the objective of strengthening its scientific and technological basis through increased cooperation. This is supposed to make the EU more globally ...

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