Matilda Ernkrans attends ministerial conference on European Research Area
Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans is attending a conference on the future European Research Area (ERA) today, Tuesday 20 October. The agenda includes the ERA, freedom of research and the adoption of the Bonn Declaration. Ms Ernkrans will attend digitally.
“Freedom of research is important to Sweden. I’m also delighted that Sweden, along with France and Czechia as part of the incoming Presidency trio, has been asked to speak about how the message of the ERA fits in the national context,” says Ms Ernkrans.
The agenda of the conference – organised by Germany, which counts the ERA among the priorities of its Presidency of the EU – includes a discussion on the new ERA, freedom of research as a basis for international cooperation, and the adoption of the Bonn Declaration on freedom of research. The European Commission recently published a communication on the future ERA, and Council conclusions on research are currently being negotiated.
The ERA is an internal market for knowledge and research and is intended to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and help make Europe a leading knowledge-based society.