In response to the European Commission’s launch of a Communication to the European Council on developing a knowledge flagship: the European Institute of Technology, MEPs Prof. Jerzy Buzek and Dr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis called for stronger links between the innovation, research and business communities.
According to Dr. Chatzimarkakis the EIT is now foreseen as a network - linking the best departments of various EU Universities and industries/businesses to create "knowledge communities" working on particular projects - complemented by a head quarter coordinating its activities. The EIT must be a liaison office between the excellent research centres Europe possesses and the industrial/business community to turn our ideas into products, into market value".
Dr. Chatzimarkakis and Prof. Buzek also highlighted that the nature, roles and aims of the EIT and ERC (European Research Council) should be clearly differentiated. They both will have to cooperate but the EIT should concentrate on applied research delivering short–term results.
Marta Czerniawska | alfa
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