Communication of 23 July 2012 from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Region on “A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth”.
COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT. Country fiches Member States of the European Union. Accompanying the document REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT- EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA PROGRESS REPORT 2013.
The Joint Programming Process dates back to 2008 when the European Council of March 2008 called on the Commission and Member States to explore the potential of Joint Programming, asking for joint activities to be launched by 2010. The Commission made proposals to launch such a process in July 2008 in a Communication entitled Towards Joint Programming in Research: Working together to tackle common challenges more effectively http://ec.europa.eu/research/press/2008/pdf/com_2008_468_en.pdf
The Council endorsed the process in December 2008 and created the High Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC), a high level body, dealing with different aspects of the joint programming process, in the Council conclusions concerning joint programming of research in Europe in response to major societal challenges (OJ C 24 of 2009, p. 3).
Based on the results of the GPC deliberations, the Council, upon a proposal from the Commission, recommended a limited number of areas in which to implement joint programming as priority. On 3 December 2009 the Council in its conclusions (17226/09) adopted a pilot Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases (including Alzheimer's disease).
The GPC undertook a process of review/update of its mandate in view of the ERA priorities and ERA Roadmap. A proposal for a renewed mandate of the High Level Group on Joint Programming has been drafted and discussed, the approval of which falls within the remit of the Council.
PRORITY 2b- Make optimal use of public investments in Research Infrastructures
For an overview of the current situation at national and European levels, the Researchers’ Reports for 2012, 2013 and 2014 are highly relevant, as is the detailed information on researcher careers and mobility contained in the MORE2 survey of researcher mobility and career paths.
Full texts of all the associated documents can be found at
This also contains a full bibliography of other important documents related to researcher careers and mobility issues.
With regard to the implementation priorities identified in the Roadmap, the following items are of particular relevance.
On Open Recruitment, the Study on the Open, Transparent and Merit Based Recruitment of Researchers (undertaken by Technopolis) and the Report on the same topic prepared for the 2014 ERAC Mutual Learning Workshop are of particular relevance.
On Inter-sectoral Mobility, the Salzburg II Recommendations and the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training are vital (situated under “Universities” on the above page) are vital. The documents “Exploration of the Implementation of the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training in Europe” and the Report of the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility “Using the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training” offer important additional material on implementation of the Principles. The Report in Inter-Sectoral Mobility prepared for the 2014 Workshop provides a valuable overview of the issue.
PRIORITY 4- Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Research
A library of key European documents in this area can be found at