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Happy birthday, EIT


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Accelerating innovation ecosystems across Europe for a decade, it continues to pave the way for pioneers and game changers that are working to deliver a better continent, and world.


Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport responsible for the EIT, said: ‘The EIT is now ten years old – a reason to celebrate! Over the course of this decade, a creative pan-European network, Europe’s largest innovation community, has shown what is possible with a relentless focus on excellence, ambition and – most of all – young people’s talents and aspirations. Now we need to put everything in place to ensure that this project continues to grow and evolve over the next ten years. This will take a sound strategy focusing on the big challenges facing our societies and further enhancing educational performance, a strong focus on involving regions across all of the European Union as well as adequate funding. Our proposal for the EU’s next long-term budget points in this direction, and I am looking forward to working with all involved to make the next ten years of the EIT an even bigger success.”


Hundreds of innovators are currently gathering in Budapest for EIT’s annual Innovation Forum,  which tonight will include the announcement of the winners of the EIT Awards 2018. Follow @EITeu and  for all the latest.

Congratulations to EIT for its great work to date, and its ongoing impact, in transforming Europe for the benefit of all. It was great to have Europe’s largest innovation community in the EUtop50 magazine we produced with the organisers of that event, Knowledge4Innovation, in 2017; and as a communications platform we look forward to sharing more news and information on EIT-led initiatives in the future.

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