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Official Journal Reference

L 192/21 of 2001-07-14

Legislative Reference

2001/531/EC of 2001-06-27
The main task of the 'European Research Advisory Board' (EURAB) is to advise the European Commission on policy design and implementation in research and technological development. It delivers recommendations on specific issues, either at the request of the Commission of the European Communities, or on its own initiative.

In this context, EURAB pays attention to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA) and the use of policy instruments such as the European Community research and technological development framework programmes.


The Presidency Conclusions of the European Council, held in March 2000 in Lisbon, stated that the European Union must work towards the objectives laid out in the Commission Communication entitled 'Towards a European Research Area'. They also stressed the importance of establishing an independent advisory board for science, technology and innovation in Europe.

The European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) was created in June 2001 as a result of a decision of the Commission of the European Communities that outlined its mandate, principles of functioning and the criteria for its selection and composition. EURAB is a high-level advisory board on research and technological development policy, broad in scope, and enjoying the highest possible degree of independence.

The advisory board is made up of high-level individuals from the scientific community, industry and the services sector, charged with examining general research policy issues. Holding a clearly stated, independent position, it delivers opinions and provides advice on various aspects of European Community research policy or developments in science and technology in Europe and worldwide, without representing scientific, industrial or any other organisations' interests.

The 'European Research Advisory Board' is composed of 45 top experts from 19 countries, including 13 women. Its members were appointed by the European Commission based on their personal capacity as follows:

- 20 members with an academic focus nominated on the basis of a proposal from the European Science Foundation(ESF);
- 20 members nominated on the basis of a proposal from the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe(UNICE) (as from 23 January, UNICE has changed its name into BUSINESSEUROPE, The Confederation of European Business);
- five members identified by the European Commission.

The term of office of each member of the advisory board is three years with a possibility of one renewal.

The Bureau of the European Research Advisory Board, composed of a chairperson, two vice-chairpersons and five of its members, enables it to accomplish its tasks by setting up working parties on specific themes and by consulting with outside experts who could enrich its reflections. For the purposes of preparing reports and formulating its recommendations, the Bureau may ask the European Commission to undertake studies or even consult external organisations that have an interest in European research policy.

EURAB meets on average three times a year and representatives of the European Commission may attend its meetings and the meetings of its working parties. The Bureau prepares these meetings and acts as a steering committee for the advisory board.

2004 saw a renewal of the EURAB mandate with the constitution of EURAB 2, which continues the excellent partnership between representatives of academia and industry. EURAB's second phase of operation runs from 2004 to 2007, during which time, its attention was, and still continues to be, focused on a wide range of policy issues such as how to increase industry's participation in the Framework Programmes, the innovation potential of regions and the international cooperation strategy among others.

The European Research Advisory Board has produced reports and recommendations on a wide range of topics including increasing the attractiveness of technology careers, university research in the European Research Area (ERA), European Technology Platforms, structural funding and research.

Commission Decision of 27 June 2001 on establishing the European Research Advisory Board (notified under document number C (2001) 1656)
Commission Decision on the nomination of the members of the European Research Advisory Board (2001/C 268/02)
Commission Decision on the nomination of the members of the European Research Advisory Board (2004/C 256/05).
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