Research area first steps

    Europe signs agreements with stakeholders of a unified research area.

    The European Commission on 17 July signed agreements with the first five stakeholders of the European Research Area. The scheme aims to boost research in the European Union (EU) by: coordinating member states, funders and research organizations; making pensions mobile; improving gender equality (see 'Action plans for equality'); and opening hiring practices across borders. EU research is currently fragmented, with little exchange of information and restricted mobility, said Màire Geoghegan-Quinn, European commissioner for research, in a statement.

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    Research area first steps. Nature 488, 122 (2012).

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