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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

20.10.2020Press release: 155/2020

EU ministers for research encourage freedom of research at ERA ministerial conference

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EU Research Ministers’ Conference in Bonn Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Research BM Anja Karliczek and Austrian Minister Faßmann declare freedom of researchCopyright: © BMBF

This Tuesday, the EU research ministers met in a hybrid conference in Bonn to discuss the European research area and the current state of freedom of research. In order to strengthen the freedom of research, the “Bonn Declaration” was launched, which was already signed by numerous participants at the conference venue. At the meeting, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said: “The German EU Council Presidency is committed to a resilient, sovereign and sustainable Europe. For this we need a dynamic European Research Area. With the signing of the Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Research, we have sent an important signal today that emphasizes the fundamental values ​​of this European Research Area. The Bonn Declaration has a high political symbolic content.

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek signs the Bonn declaration. © BMBF / Rickel Defending and protecting freedom of research is the basis for a good future in Europe. With strong research, we can lay the foundation for human progress and well-being in the decades to come. We condemn all attempts to restrict freedom of research. This also applies to attacks against scientists from some parts of society, as is unfortunately also increasingly observed in the corona pandemic. However, freedom of research also includes responsibility. It is important that research takes place transparently and within clear ethical guidelines. Some of my colleagues have already signed the declaration today. Fortunately, many other countries have made corresponding commitments. I would like to get all EU member states to speak out in favor of better protection of freedom of research by the end of our presidency. At today’s ministerial conference, we exchanged ideas among the EU member states on the realignment of the European Research Area. We are concerned with how Europe can become even better in science, research and innovation. Above all, this includes the faster conversion of innovations and research results into commercially viable products as well as communication between science and society. With its communication of September 30th on the future of the European Research Area, the European Commission presented us with a whole range of measures. We discussed the communication today and brought our own ideas and priorities from the Member States into the debate. In the Competitiveness Council on November 27, we as Member States want to adopt Council conclusions on this. I am very pleased that we have also used today’s opportunity to launch a national campaign on the European Research Area. We want the European Research Area not to remain abstract, not just an idea for the initiated. Exchange and cooperation in Europe are important for everyone. That is why the motto of the campaign will be: “The European Research Area: Together to more knowledge.” In the coming months and years we will use it to promote a European Research Area that stands for efficiency, dynamism and value-based science and research. We invite you to follow the European Research Area and the campaign at www.forschungsraum.eu. Background: Presidential Trio Since July 1, 2020, Germany has held the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. In this function, the German delegation leads the negotiations on European legislative proposals and other initiatives and can also set its own priority topics. The program of the German EU Council Presidency fits in with the extensive program of the “Presidential Trio” of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. In addition to a large number of specialist events, the program of the German EU Council Presidency also includes so-called informal meetings of specialist ministers, including ministers for research and education. Due to the corona pandemic, the informal meeting of ministers for research on July 21, 2020 was held as a video conference with new interactive elements. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) judged on 16.-17. September in Osnabrück held an informal meeting of the ministers for education.

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