05.08.2009 [News]

Workshops for Eastern European and Central Asian universities and research institutions on European Economic Interest Groupings (EEIG) - a EU-direct cooperation structure without much regulation

The European  EEIG Information Centre offers workshops on "How to Set Up a Research Cooperation in an EEIG" to Eastern European and Central Asian universities and research organisations (in-house, at regional, national and transnational level)

Providing information and holding discussions in a non-legal diction about EU-immediate legal structures, in particular about the proven legal form of EEIG. Today, the EEIG is applied in many research projects; its strengths but also problems are more and more known. More and more frequently Eastern European and Central Asianresearch institutions are asked by  foreign colleagues  for their opinion about a or this legal form; when asking people with know-how in their universities (which does not often exist) a lot of time can be wasted. The EU requires in its Research Framework Programmes more and more a „dedicated legal structure“, above all for the time after the project funding period, when there may be revenues only from other sources or donors.

Furthermore an EEIG is an interesting legal structure for cooperation between universities and private business, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), virtual platforms and/or enterprises.
The participants will be able after the workshop, where also handouts will be distributed (possibly also e.g. in Russian), to discuss in a qualified way in project preparation and follow-up meetings about a legal structure, which will impose administration work for the researching personnel as little as possible and as much as necessary, so that their accent can remain on research. EEIGs exists in the European Union about 2.200 times with approx. 15.000 members and can be founded since 1989.

Target groups:
University research departments, university and research institutions‘ lawyers and tax advisors/accountants, interested institutes and chairs with present or planned research projects, research management enterprises and researching companies, research administrations (e.g. ministries or outsourced institutions) etc.

Subjects (selection/draft only): 

  • European legal structures for research (also under articles 169, 171 EC Treaty): (consortia, national structures/legal forms, European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation, other EU structures, the EEIG);
  • EEIG as a standard structure; experience with research EEIGs;
  • Legal, taxation, institutional and psychological/inter-cultural questions in setting-up and operating an EEIG;
  • Liability issues – how to exclude or minimize liability;
  • How to integrate partners from third countries (e.g. Switzerland, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Balkan etc.);
  • Examples and statutory questions

For a first contact with the subject, half-day workshops are recommended. But also full-day workshops are possible, e.g. if a EECA organisation is already in contact with an EEIG, or with one in the making.

The European  EEIG Information Centre sets up handouts, like the EC Regulation 2137/85, and other specific material for research organisations or universities (in hardcopy and digital form).

The European  EEIG Information Centre:
It offers experienced, multilingual lecturers. The Centre exists since 1991 and has helped in the birth of more than 300 EEIGs. It is a loose association of lawyers, economists, tax experts, administrated by LIBERTAS - European Institute, a think-tank for European economy and governance, which has, since Spring 2009, also a Central Asian Antenna: Nazira Toktalieva, Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan, nazirat@gmail.com, phone +996 552 574202. 

Source: European EEIG Information Centre

Contact Persons

  • Hans-Juergen Zahorka

    • European EEIG Information Centre
    • Lindenweg 37
    • 72414 Rangendingen (Hechingen), Germany
    • Telephone: +49 7471 98499613
    • Fax: +49 7471 98499619
    • Email Address: zahorka@libertas-institut.com
    • Homepage: http://www.ewiv.eu