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11 July 2019Brussels

New EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community to focus on cultural and creative industries planned to start in 2022

The European Commission has proposed an update of the legal base of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as well as its new Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021-2027. The proposals adopted today will align the EIT with the EU's next research and innovation programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027) delivering on the Commission's commitment to further boost Europe's innovation potential. The EIT currently supports eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) which bring together companies, universities and research centres to form cross-border partnerships. Two new KICs, selected in fields most relevant to Horizon Europe policy priorities, will be launched in the coming years.

The first new KIC is set to focus on the cultural and creative industries and is planned to start in 2022. This sector has a high growth potential, many local grassroots initiatives and strong citizen appeal and is complementary to the existing eight KICs. The priority field of a second new KIC will be decided at a later stage; it is due to be launched in 2025.

For more information on European Commission proposal, please consult this page.