Brussels, 29 Jun 2004
The Commission has taken another step towards implementing the recommendations of the 2000 Lisbon Council summit with the official inauguration of the European network of mobility centres (ERA-MORE).
The network aims to provide researchers and their families with support and advice when contemplating an international move, thereby reinforcing the European Research Area and supporting Europe's ambition of becoming the world's most competitive knowledge economy by 2010.
'The ERA-MORE network finds its origin in the commitment of European leaders, in March 2000, to identify the remaining obstacles to the mobility of researchers in Europe, and to find urgent solutions for their removal,' said Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin. 'Mobility centres will often represent a first contact point for researchers undertaking a mobility experience.'
ERA-MORE is designed to provide free and personalised assistance to European and overseas researchers before, during and after their periods abroad. By leveraging the resources and expertise of existing organisations in 33 countries, the centres will provide a high level of support on all matters relating to the professional and daily lives of researchers living in a foreign country.
'Undertaking a mobility experience represents a real challenge for many researchers and their families,' argues Jimmy Jamar of the 'human resources and mobility' directorate of the Commission's Research DG. Explaining in practical terms how ERA-MORE will make a difference, Mr Jamar says: 'The members of the network will take the commitment either to provide the answers directly, based on their own expertise and knowledge of the area, or to direct the researcher to the appropriate information source.'
The ERA-MORE network forms part of the growing suite of Commission services aimed at supporting researcher mobility in the EU, which also includes the researcher's mobility portal and new scientific visas for third country researchers.
For further information on ERA-MORE, please visit the researcher's mobility portal: