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1 Tania Friederichs DG Research European Commission International Conference Fostering and Building Human Capital for Sustainable Knowledge Societies in South Eastern Europe Actions under FP7 and ERA March 2009 Bucharest

2 2 Political Context  S.E.E = Western Balkan Countries (WBCs)  All WBCs have European Integration perspective  Strategy for international cooperation: increase scientific knowledge  Enlargement countries: research tool to facilitate integration into EU  Instrument: WBC Steering Platform

3 3 Research at EU level Not only funding but policy Lisbon Council: research on political agenda Become most competitive nation 2010 (!): knowledge society  create European Research Area Fifth Freedom: free flow of knowledge and researchers (European Council March 2008) Research policy in synergy with other policies: state aid, education, IPR, etc.

4 4 European Research Area Stimulate research cooperation; critical mass, avoid fragmentation (FP7) Invest more in research: 3% of GDP Create research capacity: human resources and Infrastructure Mobility of Researchers and career development Science In Society What is valid for EU (27) also for Wider Europe: open ERA

5 5 WBC Platform Launched in Vienna in June 2006 by Austrian Presidency & Commissioner Potočnik Ensure continuation from Thessaloniki Agenda Confirmation of overall political commitment: future of WBCs in Europe Bringing together all stakeholders Role: stimulating, monitoring, coordinating research cooperation Overall aim: increase research capacity More details: Elke Dall, Project officer of WBC Inco.Net

6 6 WBC Strategy 3 pillars: (1)Engage together in research cooperation: association to FP7; observer CREST (2)How improve research capacity: human capital & infrastructure (3)Create synergies with other instruments & stakeholders: IPA, RCC,COST, EUREKA, UNESCO

7 7 (1) Research Cooperation FP7 Association FP7 made attractive: since 1/09 all WBCs associated WBCs same opportunities as Member States Kosovo under UN1244: participation as an ICPC Increase regional research opportunities All WBC observer in Programme Committees; CREST; SGHRM

8 8 (2) Research Capacity/ Human Capital Post-war situation; IMF recommendations, research not yet on political agenda: capacity in WBCs very weak Support for research capacity under FP7: limited Expect WBCs to develop national research policy: ownership Seek synergy with others: bilateral support; IPA; EIB

9 9 Human Capital FP7/People 9 different Marie-Curie Actions Specific support actions: mobility and career enhancement; researcher's night Overall objectives: development of R&D human resource in Europe; training of researchers Very low success rate in People FP7 very competitive; Marie Curie very popular and most actions for experienced/post doc researchers  not so much for WBCs

10 10 Human Capital FP7/SiS Actions to improve quality of science education in schools Promote equality of opportunity of women researchers

11 11 Human Capital Universities Universities/education: mainly DG EAC! But: realisation of Fifth Freedom closely linked to higher education reforms Support for university activities linked to research: — assessing research performance at university — stimulating partnership with industry — data on research universities — Crest working group/OMC: mutual learning/improve excellence Swedish Presidency Conference on "Universities and the Knowledge Triangle"

12 12 Human Capital ERA I f we engage more in research: not enough scientists Policy measures: quantitative & qualitative measures - Encourage young people to sciences - Researchers' night - Code of Conduct for Recruitment - Charter for Researchers - ERA-Link - Scientific Visa package - Network of Scientific diaspora - Euraxess

13 (1) JOBS: Includes all information on job opportunities, funding opportunities, grants, employment, etc. (replacing the European Researcher’s Mobility Portal) (2) NETWORK: Includes all information for relocation assistance (replacing the ERA-MORE Network) (3) RIGHTS: Includes all information regarding the European Charter and Code (4) LINKS: Includes all info on ERA-link (the link of European researchers abroad, i.e. in the US and Japan) EURAXESS

14 14 FP7 EURAXESS  Action not subject to calls for proposal  Commission contracted with all WBCs: — Croatia, Serbia, FYROM — Montenegro, Albania, B&H: launched/2010

15 15 Recruitment & Career development  European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment: adopted by the Commission on 11 March 2005  Objective Charter: a reference point for career management, role & responsibility of researchers and employers on minimum rights and obligations  Objective of Code of Conduct: reference point for transparency and merit based recruitment; fair recognition of qualifications and mobility experience  Voluntary implementation: 900 research organisations/24 countries  None in WBCs!!

16 16 Charter & Code New approach  Developing a HR strategy for researchers: speed up implementation C&C  How increase awareness/communication  Analysis: research institute/ C&C principles  External evaluation: every 4 years

17 HR Strategy for Researchers Below, an example of a possible standard template for the internal analysis and implementation of the HR Strategy (other templates may be used) Internal analysis Example

18 18 Awareness  Not well known: who knows/applies it?!  Charter and Code Promoters' Network – 2008  Ad Hoc training activity on use

19 19 Renewed Lisbon strategy 2008  Spring European Council 2008: investing in people; modernising labour market, investing knowledge and innovation = renewed Lisbon agenda  Research: new perspectives for ERA: more attractive; more competition (5 initiatives)  HR: better careers and more mobility: a European Partnership for researchers (Com(2008) 317 of )

20 20 Partnership  Systematically open recruitment to all MS (associated countries)  Social security & suppl. pension for mobile researchers  Provide attractive employment & conditions  Enhance training, skills & training  Endorsed at Competitive Council of 26/9/08  SGHRM: forum to implement partnership policy

21 21 SGHRM  Members: Member States and FP7 Associated Countries and Commission  Task: exchange of information; best practices, guidelines  First meeting: 25 March 2009  Also: reporting on Mobility section of National Reform Programmes (renewed Lisbon strategy)

22 22 Some remarks  Important to strengthen human capital  Actions at all level: burden sharing & ownership  European level: a lot  But: need a rescue action to capture potential ?!

23 Thank you for your attention!


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