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This report is written by the European Research Area Expert Group Optimising Research programmes and priorities. The Green Paper on "The European Research Area: New Perspectives" (April 2007) spells out that a core objective of the European Research Area has been to ensure the coherence of European, national and regional research programmes and priorities on issues of European interest. It observes that since 2000 not enough progress has been made on this matter. The Expert Group has discussed these issues, examined the evidence available and developed policy options for the future.
There are many drivers for the optimisation of the European research area. Many stem from increased globalisation and internationalisation of research and development. Science and industry are already far ahead in thinking and working across borders, European research policy has been slow to catch up. Today¿s fragmented and sub-critical research efforts need an optimised framework for the funding and execution of research. Although the architecture of such an optimized framework can be outlined, it needs further debate at a high political level, such as the EU Competitiveness Council, to endorse real improvements in the current legal and political arrangements for research policy.

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