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Agreements between EIT and Climate-KIC signed

On 16 February 2011, the EIT, the European Commission and Climate-KIC signed the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) which forms the basis of their collaboration for the next 7 years. Also signed was the first Grant Agreement of 6 Million Euros covering 2010 until the end of February 2011.

Climate-KIC is the Knowledge and Innovation Community designated in December 2009 to address the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The KIC has already successfully launched its education and entrepreneurship programmes during 2010. The signature of the agreements opens the way for an already prepared portfolio of 20 innovation and pathfinder projects.

“Responding to climate change offers many opportunities for European growth and jobs and is absolutely essential to the future of Europe” says Dr Martin Schuurmans – Chairman of the EIT Governing Board. Mary A. Ritter, the interim CEO of Climate-KIC equally welcomed the signatures:  “I am very delighted about the recent developments: now we can really focus on the future and the real work of Climate-KIC.”

The other two KICs designated in December 2009, EIT ICT labs and KIC InnoEnergy, signed their framework partnership agreements with the EIT in December 2010: more information.

More info on Climate-KIC: www.climate-kic.org.