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The European Research Area (ERA) and its related groups

The European Research Area (ERA) is the fundamental concept underpinning the research and development policies of the European Union, with strong links with innovation and education policy.

The Europe 2020 flagship initiative "Innovation Union" and the Council Conclusions of 2 December 2008 on the definition of a "2020 Vision for the European Research Area" (OJ C 25, 31.1.2009, p. 1) set out the scene for the development of ERA.


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As stated by the Council Conclusions of 31 May 2011 on the development of the European Research Area (ERA) through ERA-related Groups (11032/11), part of the work to contribute towards supporting the implementation and monitoring of progress of the Innovation Union initiative and to develop the European Research Area is carried out by: