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The previous report, published during 2004, covered the period 2001-2004 of the work EURAB has undertaken during its first mandate. 2004 also saw a renewal of this mandate with the constitution of EURAB 2, which continued the excellent partnership between representatives of academia and industry. The present report covers the first set of recommendations and advice of this new mandate period.
Naturally, the issues reported here and the recommendations made by EURAB address many of the issues covered in the 2001-2004 report. This is only to be expected given the complexity of the topics themselves and their continuing importance and development within the European Research Area. This has been a particularly crucial period for the European Research Area (ERA), as the period reported covers that of the development of the EU Seventh Framework Programme, especially the introduction of new instruments of which the most significant is probably that of the European Research Council (ERC). We believe that the early support for the ERC and the advice of EURAB was an important element in ensuring that this new instrument was included in FP7. We also have reason to believe that its structure and independence have been influenced by our advice. In this case, as in others, the response of the European Commission to the opinions and advice of EURAB has demonstrated that the Commission does indeed listen to the opinion of its Research Advisory Board. This includes issues where EURAB has taken a critical stand. Over the years, EURAB has attempted to create and nurture an atmosphere of mutual trust with the Commission services. Good advice is often most valuable when it remains invisible.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 34 pp, Free of charge
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