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Setting up an ERIC

1. Main features of an ERIC

An ERIC is a legal entity. It has legal personality as from the date on which the Commission decision setting up the ERIC takes effect. Its principal task is to establish and operate a research infrastructure.

The ERIC legal framework provides:

  • the spirit of a truly European venture (also allowing the participation of non-European countries)
  • a legal personality and extensive legal capacity recognised in all EU Member States
  • flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of each infrastructure
  • a faster process than creating an international organisation

In addition, an ERIC benefits from exemptions from VAT and excise duty. It may adopt its own procurement procedures, which have to respect the principles of transparency, non-discrimination and competition.

The members of an ERIC can only be Member States, associated countries, third countries other than associated countries and intergovernmental organisations.

An ERIC may be created for an indefinite or for a limited period of time.

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2. Setting up an ERIC

  • An ERIC must have as members at least one Member State and two other countries that are either Member States or associated countries. Associated countries, third countries other than associated countries and intergovernmental organisations may become members or observers without voting rights subject to conditions ans modalities specified in the statutes.
  • The members agree on statutes ruling governance, contributions, IPR policy, dissemination policy, data policy, access policy, etc.
  • The seat must be located on the territory of a member (either a Member State or an associated country).
  • Submission of a proposal to the Commission to establish an ERIC takes place in two steps in order to ensure that a full signature procedure by all members is needed only once.
    • Step 1: verification of compliance with the requirements laid down in the ERIC Regulation. During the assessment, the Commission obtains the view of independent experts.
    • Step 2: formal request to the Commission to set up the ERIC. On the basis of this request, the Commission seeks the opinion of the ERIC Committee composed of representatives of all Member States and of associated countries.
  • The decision setting up an ERIC is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

3. Practical Guidelines

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