The European Commission adopted on 11 March 2005 a recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The documents set out the rights and obligations of researchers, research institutions and funding providers. Their aim is to ensure equitable treatment of all researchers in Europe and to increase transparency in their selection and recruitment. The two documents also address the right to social security coverage and access to pensions.


To date, more than 460 organisations have individually endorsed the principles of the Charter & Code, representing more than 1,200 institutions from 37 countries in Europe and beyond.

A full list of signatories and the complete text of the Charter & Code can be viewed on the EURAXESS Rights website.

In Slovakia, the Charter & Code were endorsed in 2005 by two signatories: Slovak Rectors' Conference on behalf of Slovak universities and the Presidency of the Slovak Academy of Sciences on behalf of its institutes.


By endorsing the Charter & Code the institutions join a truly pan‑European network of researchers, research institutions and funders, and benefit from international visibility on the EURAXESS Rights website. In addition, the special 'HR Excellence in Research' logo is awarded by the European Commission to research institutions or funders actively implementing the Charter & Code.

Last modified: 2015-06-23

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