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EU innovation agency plans community hub in Serbia


Hub to provide Serbian innovators with “improved access to European collaboration opportunities and funding”

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology—an EU organisation that aims to strengthen European innovation primarily through networking and knowledge exchange—has announced plans to set up a community hub in Serbia.

The hub will be set up in 2023 under the EIT’s Regional Innovation Scheme, which works to expand EIT community engagement opportunities and networks across Europe.

“The overarching objective of the EIT RIS is to contribute to the advancement of the innovation performance of the targeted countries and their regions by strengthening the capacity of their innovation enablers and actors and linkages among them,” according to the EIT.

EIT director Martin Kern signed a letter of intent with Serbian innovation minister Nenad Popović on jointly setting up the hub, the institute announced on 8 August.

Kern said the hub will “provide Serbian innovators with improved access to European collaboration opportunities and funding”.

Popović said the letter of intent for the hub “was approved by the European Commission and the government of the Republic of Serbia, which shows the readiness and support of both sides to increase Serbia’s involvement in the EIT’s Regional Innovation Scheme”.