ENIAC gains autonomy from European Commission

The European Commission has granted autonomy to the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking, a body created by the EU’s Council of Ministers to bring together European research in nanoelectronics.

The commission claimed the move is a step forward because it marks the beginning of a balanced and innovative public-private partnership.
ENIAC will implement a budget for research of up to €3bn over ten years.

Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes said: “ENIAC is on track to bring nanotechnology research closer to the market’s needs and to deliver the advanced electronic systems that are vital to Europe’s growth and competitiveness. I call on industry and national governments to pool their resources in ENIAC as foreseen because only a pan-European initiative like this gives us the critical mass needed to have a real impact.”

Since February 2008, ENIAC has helped launch 18 large projects in a variety of fields. For example, a total of €44 million have been invested in a project called E3Car which targets efficiency improvements across various components of electric cars and wants to make Europe a global leader in the electric vehicles of the future.

Until now, the ENIAC Joint Undertaking had operated under the umbrella of the European Commission. As an autonomous body it will from now on implement its own budget. ENIAC’s operations will be financed jointly by industry and the European Commission.

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