The proposed legislation published by the European Commission (EC) on 11 July reinforces the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), enabling it to impact on innovation policy in member states and on the performance and funding of European institutes of higher education (HEI). YERUN previously advocated more openness of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), as well as more outreach to and collaboration with non-member HEI.
YERUN welcomes the new legislative measures taken to broaden the EIT’s activities and transform the KICs into more inclusive and more participatory communities. But the EIT’s new structuring role in higher education and its overall impact on regional oureach activities must be supported by appropriate methods and budget. YERUN therefore recommends the following:
- The EIT’s new task to support innovation capacity development in HEI and their integration in innovation ecosystems should benefit all HEI interested to enlarge their entrepreneurial capacity. HEI should be able to tap into the KIC’s rich networks of business and societal actors, mutually benefitting all parties involved;
- Logically, an appropriate budget should be made available that is well above the maximum 14% proposed, to be earmarked within the overall budget for EIT;
- The ambition to create more inclusive KICs should be translated in a formal requirement to potentially renew their membership, by means of an open call after the first 7-year term, with harmonized guidelines for all KICs.