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Setting up an ERIC

1. Main features of an ERIC

An ERIC has legal personality based on EU law (Article 171 of the EC Treaty). Its main tasks are establish and operate a research infrastructure.

The ERIC is an easy-to-use legal instrument providing:

  • the spirit of a truly European venture (also allowing the participation of non-European countries)
  • a legal personality recognised in all EU Member States
  • flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of each infrastructure
  • some privileges/exemptions allowed for intergovernmental organisations
  • a faster and more cost-efficient process than creating an international organisation

An ERIC can benefit from exemptions from VAT and excise duty in all EU Member States and it may adopt its own procurement procedures, which have to respect the principles of transparency, non-discrimination and competition but are not subject to public procurement procedures.

Members will be states and intergovernmental organisations.

Read more about the content of the regulation

2. Setting up an ERIC

  • At least three Member States agree to establish and operate together a research infrastructure. Associated countries, third countries and intergovernmental organisations may also be members.
  • The members agree on statutes ruling governance, IPR policy, financing, etc.
  • The seat has to be in an EU-Member State or in a country associated to the EU Framework programmes.
  • The members submit the file to the Commission, which, with the aid of independent experts, examines whether the conditions of the ERIC Regulation are fulfilled. After that, a committee composed of representatives of the EU Member States gives an opinion on the file by qualified majority, following which the Commission decides on the application.

3. Practical Guidelines


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