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News article11 January 2024European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

New EIC Board holds its first plenary meeting

Family photo of the members of the EIC Board during their first meeting.
New EIC Board meets for the first time

The first meeting of the new European Innovation Council Board took place on 10 and 11 January 2024 in Leuven (Belgium) in imec. The new Board was appointed by the Commission on 13 December 2023. It is chaired by its President, Michiel Scheffer, and advises on the strategy, work programme and thematic portfolios and, on Commission’s request, on broader innovation policy matters.

The EIC Board holds five to six plenary meetings per year to discuss and provide advice to the Commission on the strategy and implementation of the EIC and other matters falling within their mandate. The first plenary meeting with the new Board membership focused on setting the priorities for the Board’s work in 2024, in particular to steer strategy and the implementation of the EIC in the second half of programme (2024-27). This included an exchange with Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, who  joined the Board members to discuss EIC’s priorities in the context of EU policies and the mid-term review of Horizon Europe, EU’s funding programme for research and innovation of which the EIC is a key part.

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Background information

Members of the Board act in a personal capacity and are appointed for a two-year term of office, renewable twice (with the aim of rotating approximately one third of the members every two years). The current Board members were appointed on 13 December and include 10 members with renewed mandates from the 2021-23 period, and 10 new members drawn from a reserve list of potential members.

The mandate of the new and renewed members is for two years until December 2025.


Publication date
11 January 2024
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency