The three-paragraph, one-sentence and the single line descriptions below should be used in publications, articles or press releases to describe EaPConnect. Please refer to the descriptions below to ensure that accurate information is communicated.
Launched in July 2015, the Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project sets out to create a regional research and education (R&E) network in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus. This will interconnect the national research and education networks (NRENs) in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and integrate them into the pan-European GÉANT network, enabling scientists and academics to collaborate and engage in innovative, data-intensive international projects.
The partner countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. A joint initiative between the European Union and its six Eastern neighbours, EaP aims to bring its partners closer to the EU. Recognising the importance of e-Infrastructures in fostering digital inclusion, social cohesion and economic progress, EaPConnect is a key part of the digital agenda of the Eastern Partnership.
The overall objective of EaPConnect is to:
- decrease the digital divide;
- improve intra-regional connectivity;
- facilitate participation of local scientists, students and academics in global R&E collaborations;
- deploy eduroam and stimulate integration towards GÉANT services.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargements Negotiations (DG NEAR) is contributing 95% (€13m) towards the cost of the EaPConnect project; the remaining 5% will be co-funded by the six beneficiary countries. The project was officially inaugurated at the 1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy in June 2015 in Luxembourg and is expected to have a duration of five years. EaPConnect is managed by networking organisation GÉANT in collaboration with the NRENs in the six partner countries.
One sentence description
EaPConnect is the Eastern Partnership connectivity project that will enable the research and education communities in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood to participate in European and global collaborations.
Single line description
EaPConnect – Connecting the research and education communities in the Eastern Partnership.