The administrative headquarters (HQ) and the legal seat of the association EIT RawMaterials are based in Berlin, Germany. In 2015, EIT RawMaterials e.V. (Eingetragener Verein, German Registered Association) and EIT RawMaterials GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, German Limited Liability Company) were established as the KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) legal entities. Even so the association is not a body of the EU and legally independent, it is bound to the EIT by the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). EIT RawMaterials GmbH is legally responsible towards the EIT to report on the use of funds received and distributed as well as on the KPIs and impact achieved. This includes the application of monitoring and controlling measures as required by the EIT. The headquarters in Berlin functions foremost as administrative hub and manages the interaction between EIT and the association. Most of the impact creating activities will be facilitated through our regional business hubs, called Co-Location Centers (CLC). For the time being there are six CLCs (in Leuven/BE, Luleå/SE, Espoo/FI, Wroclaw/PL, Roma/I, and Metz/FR). Each CLC is its own legal entity (.ltd), fully owned by the GmbH.
EIT RawMaterials’ network-type organisation requires a simple and transparent governance structure, reflecting its orientation towards providing services to stakeholders and building excellence from the dual perspective of market and thematic expertise. The lean, agile and flexible governance structure is centrally cohesive and it allows effective and efficient management both at the HQ of EIT RawMaterials and at the CLC levels. A sound power balance between the HQ and the CLCs is deemed to be essential for efficiency in the decision making process.
At HQ level, the KIC Management Team (MT) is mandated by the Board and the General Assembly to provide strategic direction and guidance in close collaboration with the partner representatives (Steering Committee Chairs, Strategic Management Team). It is also responsible for the administrative operations in the KIC. The Headquarter coordinates and provides support in these areas: Operations, Finance, Business Development, Communications & Market Intelligence, Program Management including Education & Thematic Alignment.
At the CLC level, six CLCs have been established. Each CLC is governed by a CLC Steering Group, consisting of representatives from the partners. The CLC Steering Groups are responsible to strategically oversee the CLC operations and for their co-operation with the local partners and raw materials actors as well as the alignment with the overall goals of EIT RawMaterials. The CLC Management Teams are responsible for everyday operations.
CLCs provide local operational and administrative services to the partners. Rather than pooling infrastructure physically they provide coordination of the different local activities and resources. CLCs support in proposing, defining and setting up KIC Activities, which usually take place in the CLC regions. CLCs contribute to and deploy the annual business plan and stimulate regional business development by triggering the emergence of new ideas and innovations, connecting people (innovators and entrepreneurs) and ensuring that infrastructures are shared amongst partners.