New Pact and governance structure for the European Research Area (ERA)

On 26.11.2021, the Council adopted conclusions on the governance of the European Research Area (ERA) and a Pact for research and innovation (R&I) in Europe, setting out priorities and a streamlined governance framework for the ERA, including an ERA policy agenda for 2022-2024.

Under the new Pact for R&I, member states commit for the coming years to a set of common EU principles and values for R&I; shared priority areas for action; investments and reforms and a simplified policy coordination and monitoring process.

The Council conclusions propose specific ERA actions contained in the ERA policy agenda 2022-2024 which will be implemented on a voluntary basis by the member states, together with the European Commission and in cooperation with countries associated to the ‘Horizon Europe’ programme, with research, academic and business organisations, as well as with other partner countries where applicable.

Council Conclusions on ERA governance

Council Recommendation on a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe

Published : 06/12/2021