Steps towards enhanced harmony in the European research arena were taken yesterday when the European Commission and seven of the foremost European scientific research organisations - EIROforum - resolved to 'explore synergies and conduct joint activities'.
Signing a 'statement of intent', EIROforum and the Commission have pledged to engage in consultation with one another, arrange for exchanges and secondment of experts, and to build on this collaboration by concluding further bilateral agreements.
"This is a concrete example of the European Research Area in action, for a more competitive EU and better quality of life for our citizens," said Commissioner Busquin, a signatory of the statement.
"This "Statement of Intent" marks a new step towards the creation of the European Research Area with Europe's best scientists working together in world-class research infrastructures to spearhead Europe's performance in priority areas such as biology."
The primary goal of EIROforum - a network of top research infrastructures and laboratories - is to play an active and constructive role in promoting the quality and impact of European research.
In addition, the forum is hoping to combat the "brain drain" by providing training possibilities for young scientists in an international environment with state-of-the-art equipment, and attracting world-class scientists from overseas.