The European Commission had initiated a networking event, twice a year, where Managers of existing ERICs and scientists of future RIs who wanted to use the ERIC instrument could discuss shared experiences, highlight challenges and meet national policy makers establishing a platform for exchange of best practices.
The project supports the organization of specific meetings, targeted thematic workshops focusing on shared challenges such as harmonized reporting and development of KPIs, ERIC evaluation process, VAT exemption practice, development of internal procurement rules, insurances and pensions policies, training of governance bodies representatives, etc. It also aims at supporting ERICs in preparation through the production of best practices documentation, as well as common communication and outreach activities in order to strengthen external representation of ERICs. Within the project, Euro-Argo has been involved in a task on VAT exemption, enabling progress on Euro-Argo Five-Year plan objective n°5.
The major objectives of the ERIC Forum Implementation Project are to:
- strengthen coordination and networking, reinforcing the informal ERIC network or its successor framework,
- support the organisation of specific meetings, targeted thematic workshops focussing on shared challenges such as the development of internal procurement rules, harmonised reporting, VAT exemption practices, insurances and pensions policies and training of governance bodies representatives;
- support ERICs in preparation, based on best practices;
- support common communication and outreach activities and strengthen the external representation of ERICs as a stakeholder in consultations and other policy.