During the seminar Nordic region’s research collaboration and the development of ERA in Brussels in April 2003 it was said that the Nordic countries can become one of the most attractive research areas of the world. In this way, the Nordic countries can be a point of departure towards the European Research Area (ERA).
Nordic research co-operation will have a more external focus and many of the Nordic research networks already include international environments. In addition, several of the Nordic countries allready are EU members, which helps contribute to the extroverted focus of the Nordic region. These views were presented at the seminar, which also included NorFAs presentation of the Nordc Graduate Schools.
Richard Escritt of the EU Commission presented ERA from his point of view. He thinks that ERA has lead to an increased acknoledgement of research among the policy-makers, which in its turn has resulted in increased funding of European research these past few years.
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