Brussels, 10 Feb 2006
- In February, as part of the mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy, President Barroso proposed the creation of a European Institute of Technology â€œto act as a pole of attraction for the very best minds, ideas and companies from around the world.â€
- In autumn 2005, DG EAC conducted a wide public consultation on the key issues surrounding the creation of an EIT, including its objectives, added-value and possible structure. More than 700 contributions were sent to the Commission and analysed by its services.
- In order to generate a more effective relationship between education, research and technology, the Commission will propose the creation of an EIT; the Communication shall set out the mission, the objectives and the proposed structure of the EIT.
- In the medium term, the EIT could award something post graduate degrees and become a worldwide reference in higher education and research.
Press Conference at 1130 with JÃ¡n Figel, Commissioner for Education & Training, at the Berlaymontâ€™in Brussels.
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Vincent +32 2 298 7166; Mona Lund +32 2 299 9020