Too much focus is being placed on increasing top-down co-ordination of research activities and centrally managed networks, according to the first responses to a Commission consultation on the European Research Area (ERA).
The consultation on the Commission’s Green Paper on ERA closed on 31 August 2007.
The first responses welcome the Commission’s initiative to review the ERA, but argue that it fails to address the right issue, lacks ambition and focuses too much on the Commission’s own role in the European research system.
According to stakeholders, too much emphasis is being placed on the role of governments and intergovernmental structures at the expense of other stakeholders, such as the national and European research organisations, those involved in funding research and the private sector.
“More than 90% of public R&D funding still occurs at national level,” reiterate the heads of European Research Councils (EUROHORCs) and the European Science Foundation (ESF).