EIT in Paris?
Paris - The French Conseil Strategique de l'Innovation (CSI) has proposed to build the heavily discussed European Institute of Technology (EIT) in Paris. CSI, a think tank headed by FranceBio president Philippe Pouletty, proposed the EIT of Paris project in December 2005 to the government. Subsequently the French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, and the minister of research, Gilles de Robien, publicly identified the EIT project as a priority and asked the SCI for a detailed proposition.
The idea of an EIT was originally proposed by Commission President Manuel Barroso as part of the revised Lisbon agenda and the ambitious growth and jobs strategy for the EU to attract the best brains and investors of Europe. Among other suggestions, Strasbourg with immediate vicinity to the European Parliament was discussed as a possible location.
However, a European research advisory board (Eurab) came to the conclusion that the creation of a US-style high-tech institute was too ambitious. The report points out that the excellent reputation of the US archetype MIT has grown over the time by close relations with the most advanced industries. Currently the Commission is consulting stakeholders on their opinion of a possible EIT. Results are expected to be presented at the Spring European Council in March 2006.