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Following an extensive consultation with member states and European stakeholders regarding the setting up of a European Institute of Technology (EIT), the European Commission released a new communication early this month. The new communication follows up on the February communication (see the February issue of ACA Newsletter Education Europe) and answers to the European Council’s invitation to submit a proposal on the next steps to be taken. Rather than providing big news, the communication adds further details to the proposal and identifies issues that must be addressed next:
What are the next steps? The Commission will continue the consultations with member states and stakeholders over the coming months. A draft legal instrument establishing the EIT will then follow. The target is to adopt this legal instrument in 2008.
The ACA Newsletter Education Europe reported in the April issue that the idea of the EIT received quite some criticism from some European higher education stakeholders. More criticism has been voiced recently with the publication of a report commissioned by the Centre for European Reform (see article in this issue of ACA Newsletter Education Europe).The EIT: further steps towards its creation