ERA's emphasis on cross-border cooperation won't necessarily lead into small regions develoment

ERA's emphasis on cross-border cooperation won't necessarily lead into small regions develoment

Weak Signal's progress: nominated

This Weak Signal came from: 
European Research Area (ERA) dimensions

The theme/scheme related to this Weak Signal: 
Research Institutions

The source of this Weak Signal: 
Report

Weak Signal's description 
The assumption that relatively stronger crossborder cooperation results in a higher degree of integration in the ERA, may require a closer view. Thus regions may pursue an unduly selective internationalization strategy. In this case, the quality as well as the quantity (in relation to the foundational ERA objectives of promoting competition, solidarity, and equality of opportunity) of crossborder cooperation is important. Since regions that look outward may have already reached the threshold necessary for significant cross border cooperation, they may tend to look towards regions that are extremely developed, for partnerships to enhance their economies. The ERA may facilitate these relationships and tie up research and technology resources at the expense of cooperation between regions with high and regions with low development levels. So while their ERA integration appears quite healthy, it is not necessarily in the spirit of the foundational principles of ERA. Moreover, small and less developed regions that are included in some of the proposals for regional funding may only be included to increase the chances of a successful proposal and may not in fact benefit significantly from participation.