- believes that free movement of researchers, scientific knowledge and technology must become the internal market's "fifth freedom";
- considers that completing a unified research area is a constantly-changing process and that the 2014 deadline is over-ambitious;
- welcomes the proposal to build the ERA through a reinforced partnership based on best practices rather than through regulation;
- hopes that an internal group can be set up within the Committee to serve as a reference point for the European institutions during the various assessment, monitoring and decision-making stages involved in completing the ERA.
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