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Optimistic Outlooks for EEA and ERA Synergies

"The EEA and the ERA are more powerful when they work together", Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said during an R&I Days session on Thursday. Rounding off a discussion on synergies between the two, she echoed the unison dedication to promote cooperation between the European Research Area (ERA) and the European Education Area (EEA) that characterized the plenary session on this last day of the Commission's annual R&I event.  


The session “Synergies European Education Area/European Research Area: Towards a Knowledge Strategy” undergirded the aspiration to connect and mutually reinforce them rooted in the ongoing European Knowledge Strategy. Whereas the Strategy’s goal is to allow for coordinated education and research policies and investments, the session addressed three related questions: 


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The New ERA at a Glance 

Suspense finally came to an end as on Wednesday the European Commission presented their threefold package on research and education: The Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP), the roadmaps on the European Education Area (EEA) and on the completion of the European Research Area (ERA). Whereas the three are concertedly developed to mutually support one another, this article sheds light on the ambitious plans for European research and innovation set forth in the Communication on a new ERA.

Important takeaways are the four visions for the new ERA: Prioritising investments and reforms, improving access to excellence, translating R&I results into the economy and deepening the ERA. The alleged need for action follows the recognition that realisation of ERA has been both insufficient and slowed down. Inferring the need to strengthen the connections of R&I to the economy, training and education, the Commission operationalises its four visions in terms of concrete actions it plans to undertake

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EU coins legislation to exclude US and Chinese companies from Horizon Europe

A far wider array of entities can possibly be blocked or limited from participation in Horizon Europe, according to new legislation agreed upon by research ministers on 1. October. Aiming to prevent the participation of entities controlled by non-associated third countries, the new provision is inserted to the specification of eligibility requirements in article 18 of the Horizon Europe text. 

 

As to the target of legislation, analysts point to China and the US:

“Policymakers certainly had China in mind when they were drafting this article,” said former director-general of the European Commission’s research directorate, Robert-Jan Smits. He was echoed by former secretary general of EuroScience Peter Tindemans.

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Norwegian Annual State Budget Specifies Participation in EU Programmes

Specific plans for EU programme participation were spelled out as the Norwegian government launched its next annual budget 7 October. This manifests the importance for Norway of participating in the EU's programmes. 

 

The budget indicates Norway's continued participation in the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus +, as has been expected, but also – among others -  EU’s space programme; EUs health programme EU4Health; the funding programme InvestEU; Digital Europe (DEP) and Competitiveness for SMEs and Entrepreneurs (COSME). As participation depends on details in the EU long-term budget for 2021-27, the current overview represents no more than indications. 

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