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The European Research Area (ERA) is a unified research area open to the world based on the Internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. This concept was originally launched by the European Commission in 2000. Article 179 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union establishes a clear legal basis for the creation of a European Research Area (ERA).
The ERA reform agenda focuses on the following 5 priorities:
The ERA Progress Report, monitors progress in all EU countries and associated countries every 2 years.
Information about and results of EU-funded research projects is available in CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service), a public repository and portal, originally set up in 1990 by the European Commission. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.