ETRA identity and scope
The European Transport Research Alliance - ETRA, was officially launched on Thursday, 20th September 2012, in Brussels. In the launching ceremony, the presidents of the five European research Associations in the field of Transport, who were the founding partners, signed the documents creating the Alliance.
The creation of the Alliance is the culmination of a process that started with the “Lyon Declaration” of 2008 which declared the will of the transport research community of Europe to cooperate in order to promote and materialize a more unified and cooperative transport research sector in Europe. Subsequently, the necessary preparatory work was done under an EU-funded project called DETRA (Developing the European Transport Research Alliance), coordinated by FEHRL. The creation of the ETRA was the result of all this preparatory work.
The main purpose and scope of ETRA is to help bring about more cooperation and synergies between the different European transport research stakeholders and to enhance the integration process, in the field of European transport research, that is a necessary pre-requisite for the materialization of the vision of the EU for a “unified” research space across the whole of Europe, known as the European Research Area – ERA.
The main value-added of the ETRA initiative – for the EU in general and its partners as well - is the synergies that can be accrued from such “horizontal” cooperation leaving more room for the more “vertical” work pursued by each of the ETRA partners in their own specific areas of focus. For the European Commission, the work and the presence of ETRA means a bottom up support of their policies towards the achievement of the ERA in the field of Transport i.e. the ERA–T.