Invitation to Ukraine to participate in ERAC meetings as an observer


Summary conclusions of the 26th meeting of ERAC, held in Riga (LV) on 16-17 April 2015

 Invitation to Ukraine to participate in ERAC meetings as an observer

The Chair informed delegates that following the signature by Ukraine of the accession agreement to Horizon 2020 on 20 March 2015, and pending ratification by the Ukrainian Parliament and some necessary procedural steps in the Council, Ukraine will be asked to nominate its representatives to ERAC as observers (Art. 6.3 of ERAC's Rules of Procedure). Mr. Maksyms Strikha, Deputy Minister in charge of science and research attended the ERAC plenary meeting as a guest. The Chair concluded that Ukraine will be officially invited to ERAC as Observer once all the procedural steps had been followed

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ERAC’s Rules  of Procedure

Article 6 Meetings of the Committee


3. The Committee shall invite representatives of the countries associated to the prevailing Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (hereafter referred to as Associated Countries) to attend its meetings as observers….. Representatives of Associated Countries shall have the same speaking rights as Members


Article 1 Composition


Member States shall nominate up to two high-level representatives who are responsible for research and/or innovation policy.


2. Members may nominate up to two alternate representatives. The maximum number of representatives per Member is therefore four…



ERAC opinion on ERA Roadmap

Draft Council conclusions on the European Research Area Roadmap 2015-2020


European Research Area and innovation policy at the centre of discussions in Riga


On 16-17 April 2015 the Latvian Presidency hosts the meeting of the Working Party on Research, which takes place back-to-back with the 26th Plenary Meeting of the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC). 107 participants from 43 countries will work at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia in two sessions, focusing on innovation policy and development of the European Research Area (ERA) roadmap.

ERAC is a strategic policy advisory body whose function is to assist the European Commission and the Council of the EU in performing the tasks incumbent on these Institutions in the sphere of research and technological development. ERAC's activities have gained increased importance because of greater prominence of research and technological development in Europe, which is nowadays acknowledged as an important element of Europe's competitiveness and economic growth.

ERA is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy and its Innovation Union (IU) flagship initiative. The IU aims to ensure that new knowledge-based products and services contribute substantially to growth and creating new jobs but a world-class science is crucial for achieving this aim. One of the key aims of ERA is also to reduce both brain drain, notably from weaker regions, and the wide regional variation in research and innovation performance, aiming at excellence across the European Union through smart specialization strategy.

The Research Working Party meets in Riga in order to discuss draft Council conclusions on open, networked and data intensive research research as a driver for faster and wider innovation. Mr Andrejs Vasiļjevs (Dr. sc. comp.), the chairman of the board of Latvian language technology company Tilde, will give a presentation on multilingualism in the digital age.

"Language diversity is a treasure of Europe, however, it fragments European market and creates language barriers in communication and commerce," says Mr. Vasiljevs. "The Digital Single Market should be multilingual and embrace the state of the art technological solutions to make online services and e-commerce accessible in all EU official languages. There should be no place for linguistic discrimination in the Digital Single Market. Data-intensive research and close cooperation between European research and industry have a tremendous potential for innovation and economic growth. ERAC meeting in Riga should provide an important contribution in unleashing this potential."

Ms Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary at the Latvian Ministry for Education and Science, will present at the plenary session the outcomes of the research assessment of the Latvian research institutions that was undertaken in 2013 by the Nordic Council, including the influence of this exercise on the recent reforms to Latvian higher education, research and innovation policy. Meanwhile delegates of the Working Party on Research will visit the Institute of Organic Synthesis of Latvia.