Extracts from the report by Reino Paasilinna, Member of the EP, on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, with the participation of Ján Figel'
End production: 12/03/2008 First transmission: 11/03/2008
The basic aims of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology are to stimulate innovation, education and research through closer cooperation ("synergy") with business, higher education and research institutions. It will also help establish "best practices" in education. Preventing a "brain drain" of European talent to the United States and other places abroad is another key aim. Part of the enthusiasm of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EP, for the institute is his ambition to breathe life into the EU's "Lisbon strategy" of creating a "knowledge based economy" by 2010. EP's rapporteur on the issue, Reino Paasilinna, stressed the need for Europe to play to its strengths rather than compete on labour costs.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Reino Paasilinna, Member of the EP, (in FINNISH) saying that they have stressed that the European Institute of Technology (EIT) should focus on innovation; they have got this triangle: knowledge and teaching, and research are 2 corners of that triangle, but innovation is the most important point;
the EIT will offer the sector cooperation and a link between researchers and the economic world; it is not a question to have a super university which will cream off all the best researchers from Europe's universities; they need to focus on ICTs; that is the best way of getting more financing because there is money
||Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth, (in ENGLISH) saying that he would like to formally state that the Commission is fully committed to respect the principles of autonomy and independence of the board which are enshrined in the regulation and will not have any role in the EIT strategic decision making;
the identification committee works totally independently and autonomously; this is essential for the success of the EIT and the legitimacy of the governing board
||Romana Jordan Cizelj, Member of the EP, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that the European Institute of Technology is at the very essence of EU's activity; this is a mark of the excellence of the European quality; the network of the knowledge and innovation based community that is also contained in this proposal is also an important achievement
||Hannes Swoboda, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that he would like the seat of the administrative board to be Austria, Vienna; but they need to make sure that the EIT gets off the ground as quickly as possible and gets down to work
||Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that Strasbourg would be an excellent location that hasn't been discussed in great detail but this building, this location would be an excellent location for the EIT; it could be other places as well
||Konrad Szymanski, Member of the EP, (in POLISH) saying that he would like to appeal to everyone to follow this positive experience in that case locating the board institute in Wroclaw would be a step that would be in the benefit of the cohesion of Europe and would ensure the support of the new Member States to increase finances for Research and Development in the next budget and it would release the whole innovation potential of all Europe
||Angelika Niebler, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that the Commission wants to put the EIT forward in its own way but they want a network which brings together universities, research centres across Europe; they want to and feel that they will get the support for that; that is the right way forward and it is also true that they need to discuss the location
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