CERIC took part in the 4th ERIC-Network Meeting
8th–9th March 2016 – Amsterdam – The Netherlands

From left to right: Dr. Anton Ussi, Operation & Finance Director – EATRIS-ERIC and Harry Tuinder, European Commission, DG RTD

In collaboration with the European Commission (EC), EATRIS-ERIC and CLARIN-ERIC have co-organized the 4th ERIC-Network Meeting, which took place in Amsterdam on March 8 and 9. CERIC, together with other ERICs, national governments and EC representatives, as well as research infrastructures (RIs) planning on applying for ERIC status, had the opportunity to share common issues experienced by ERICs and to engage in dialogue with the European Commission and national funders about possible solutions.
Harry Tuinder and Keji Adunmo from the EC and Odd-Ivar Eriksen (Chair of the ESFRI WG on Implementation) reported on the ERICs state of play, the Charter of Access and ongoing policy issues. The participants were given updates on the ESFRI Roadmap, and the pre-conditions for the long-term sustainability of RIs were described.
Other common issues related to the status of staff employed by the ERICs, to mobility and administration were discussed, as well as the status of participation in H2020 and other EU funding programs and the state of play related to VAT exemption. The ERICs “to be” were presented and they shared their experiences and main challenges.
In the last brainstorming session, the participants shared ideas about a possible more formal structuring of the ERIC-Network. CERIC-ERIC, SHARE-ERIC and BBMRI-ERIC were asked to draft a proposal to be discussed at the next ERIC-Network Meeting, which will be hosted by ECRIN-ERIC.