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Launched at the Lisbon European Council in March 2000, the European Research Area (ERA) concept has come to represent the central pillar of research activities in the European Union, beyond the Framework Programme. In parallel, a European innovation area is emerging and develops its dynamic concepts supporting global competitiveness. The Greek Presidency considers the two areas have to converge, if not to merge into a European Research and Innovation Area (ERIA), to achieve the desired rates of competitiveness and sustainable growth.

The present document confirms the commitment of the Greek EU Presidency to the ERIA process and aims to further investigate selected issues that are strongly related to the implementation of the European Research & Innovation Area. The document, building on papers and contributions from the Commission and previous presidencies, and trying to be complementary to them, aims to further stimulate discussion on the following issues:
- Opening up of national programmes and implementation of article 169 of the Treaty;
- The role of EUREKA in the implementation of the ERIA;
- Research Infrastructures;
- European research organizations: their potential contribution to the implementation of the ERIA.

The document was prepared by the General Secretariat for Research and Development of the Greek Ministry of Development,

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Record Number: 2041 / Last updated on: 2003-07-07
Category: POLI