The Annual General Meeting is an occasion for members to get together to discuss current R&I issues and to take stock of the activities and the achievements of the network.
This year, the Annual General Meeting will look a bit different, as we are moving online as a result of the ongoing COVID pandemic: it will be interactive and an opportunity for members to connect virtually with the colleagues in the network.
In addition to the formal ERRIN issues, the meeting will look at the impact of COVID-19 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and research and innovation in the context of the Commission’s proposal for Next Generation EU recovery plan and the EU budget.
We very much look forward to welcoming you online and to virtually connect with you!
Register your attendance.
POLICY DEBATE14.00 – 15.25
The impact of COVID-19 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and research and innovation – will the EU’s recovery be green?
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and its economic and societal impact require us to rethink the kind of economy we wish to recover. While the European Parliament and a growing number of Member States are calling for a green recovery, the views on the future priorities and ways to address the crisis vary. The vision of the von der Leyen Commission is nevertheless clear: “By using the European Green Deal as our compass, we can turn the crisis of this pandemic into an opportunity to rebuild our economies differently and make them more resilient”, the Commission President said in a video statement on 28 April.
While the crisis has illustrated the dependence of the EU on external providers for strategic goods, many regional innovation ecosystems across Europe have rapidly responded to the outbreak. As part of ERRIN’s COVID-19 response, a dedicated webpage has been set up to collect and share the solutions of various regional actors throughout Europe. Those examples illustrate the enormous richness, diversity, and innovation capacity of the regional ecosystems.
The policy debate will discuss the role of research and innovation and regional actors in the EU’s economic recovery. Can the COVID-19 crisis help to build our economies differently while at the same time making them more resilient? Will the key priorities of the European Commission – the green and digital transition – be at the core of Europe’s recovery?
We are pleased that Mr Daniel MES, Member of Cabinet, Cabinet of Vice President Timmermans and Mr Michael VORLÄNDER, Head of division, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU, will join as keynote speakers.
As part of ERRIN’s COVID-19 response, a dedicated webpage has been set up to collect and share the solutions of various regional actors throughout Europe. Three examples from regional perspective will be presented focusing on resilience and green recovery.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR) - Hortense Lutz-Hermellin, Director of the Brussels Office
Navarra (ES) - Mikel Irujo, Director General, External Affairs
Scotland (UK) - Lynne Ross, Senior Executive, Scottish Enterprise
FORMAL ISSUES15.35 – 17.00
Chaired by Sarah English, Scotland Europa, ERRIN Management Board Chair
- Approval of the agenda and minutes from the autumn Annual General Meeting 2019
- Short update from the Secretariat
- Presentation and approval of the audited accounts for 2019
- Presentation and approval of the alignment of the ERRIN membership fee
- Review of the first half of 2020
Registration and voter registration
In order to ensure that each organisation has one vote, we ask you to put forward a representative from your organisation in advance that is responsible for voting.
Both participants and registered voters should register via this link.
Please note that the person responsible for voting needs to register by 19 June, 18.00 CEST.
As this year’s Spring AGM will be taking place online, it will not be possible to coordinate proxy voting. However, if members know in advance they are not able to attend, we will organise a system for advance voting, which will run until 17:00 on 22 June. Please contact Pirita or Ryan for more information.
Eligibility to vote
All members that have paid their annual membership fee have one vote at the Annual General Meeting. (Articles of Association, article 9.3)
Proof of payment can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 22 June 2020, 18.00 CEST.
If the membership fee or a proof of payment have not been received at this point, the member will not be eligible to vote.
During the Spring AGM the minutes from the Autumn 2019 AGM will be approved. Please find the minutes here.
On 3 December 2019, the ERRIN Management Board communicated to the ERRIN AGM that a proposal to increase the network’s membership fees would be discussed at the upcoming Spring Annual General Meeting. On 25 June a proposal will be tabled, please find the letter detailing the proposed changes here.
We are happy to invite you to ERRIN’s Spring Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on 25 June, 14.00-17.00. This will be our first online AGM and an interactive opportunity for members to connect virtually with the colleagues in the network.
Can your region be an example of how the COVID-19 recovery has shifted priorities, putting the green transition and research and innovation at the core of your strategy? We encourage you to get in touch with us as we are looking for regional cases to feed into the policy debate.