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Wroc³aw Loses But Keeps Trying
June 11, 2008   
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At a meeting of European Union ministers of science May 30 in Brussels, the Polish delegation blocked the selection of Budapest as the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's governing board. Of the five aspiring cities, Budapest and Wroc³aw have remained in the game, but most ministers favored the Hungarian capital.

The Polish Science Ministry says Wroc³aw no longer stands a chance of winning but it may host one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) that will collaborate with the institute. Minister Barbara Kudrycka believes this option might be even more beneficial for Wroc³aw.

The decision on the location of the institute's headquarters will be made at a meeting of EU science ministers preceding the June 19-20 summit of EU member state heads in Brussels. Later, when the institute starts operations, its governing board, made up of scientists, will decide where and how KICs will be established. The idea of the institute was launched in 2005. It was to become a prestigious academic center, an equivalent of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. But due to lack of interest in some EU member states and budget limitations, the European Commission suggested an institute in the form of a network of collaborating KICs. They will include academic and science centers and companies that will jointly work on research projects.

By the end of 2009, two or three KICs will be founded: one related to energy and environmental protection, and others focusing on transport and medicine. Eventually, six or eight KICs will be launched.
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