Research and innovation provides a serious contribution to growth. With that in mind, the Presidency works on improved integration of the Innovation Union and the European Research Area (ERA), fostering Europe-wide networks without barriers while fully exploiting of the potential of national research and innovation systems. The Presidency places an emphasis on the enhancement of the ERA through the ERA Roadmap and improved ERA governance. In this regard, the Presidency focuses on the Roadmap’s implementation, especially on the optimal use of public investments in research.

The Presidency facilitates the implementation of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Road- map and the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) instrument, and contributes to a better consistency between these instruments and smart specialization strategies as well as regional and macro regional policies.

The Presidency works to unlock the EU’s digital potential towards achieving a thriving data-driven economy. Recognizing that data is at the center of the future knowledge economy and society, the Presidency works on raising awareness of the importance of framework conditions, including fostering the open data policies and e-infrastructure that encompass the needs of research and innovation communities. The Presidency will explore ways of achieving faster and wider innovation through open, networked and data-intensive research.

Global societal challenges require responsible and reliable science which is aligned with values and needs of the European awareness of the concept of Open Science (Science 2.0) with an aim of contributing to the wider debate on fostering the quality and excellence of European science, including through the digital dimension. The Presidency therefore advances the dossiers on scientific and technological research in specific regions, notably in the Baltic Sea Area with a particular reference to joint research programmes that have been undertaken by several Member States, whilst taking into account the forthcoming evaluation of the Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme (BONUS). The Presidency also facilitates work on the final evaluation of the Seventh Framework Programme and closely monitors the results of the initial phase of the framework programme, Horizon 2020, to ensure the exploitation of the full potential of the programme in terms of the scientific, industrial and social growth of the EU, including the appropriate synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds.


February 12-13: Conference "Smart Specialization Strategies: New Approaches for Partnerships among Education, Research and Industry in Regions"

March 3-4: Competitiveness Council, Brussels

April 16-17: 22nd Plenary Meeting of the ERAC and the Research Working Party Meeting
The meeting will focus mostly on the European Research Area (ERA) Roadmap and ERA governance. At the same time there will be a meeting of the Research Working Party. The ERA is a system of scientific research programmes integrating the scientific resources of the EU.

May 28-29: Competitiveness Council, Brussels

June 4-5: Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE 2015)
Each year WIRE brings together such stakeholders as policymakers, enterprises, public institutions, research communities of European level to share the latest on research and innovation.

June 10-12: EuroNanoForum 2015
Europe's largest networking conference on nanotechnologies and advanced materials science, innovations and business will be gathering 1100 delegates from 50 countries ensuring a dialogue among scientists, the industry and policy makers.

June 15-19: 10th Baltic Sea Science Congress
The congress will cover areas like physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology and long-term sustainability of ecosystem services.


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