LifeWatch will be one of the very first European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC), a new legal entity developed for pan-European infrastructures, governed by the Member States.
The E-Science and Technology European Research Infrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research "LifeWatch ERIC" will be established in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 723/2009 of 25 June 2009 on the Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
The main effects of the setting-up of an ERIC will be:
LifeWatch ERIC will have a legal personality in all EU Member State;
LifeWatch ERIC will be recognized in all EU Member State as an IO, to the effects of Public procurement rules and taxes exemptions for purchases made in any EU Member State;
The LifeWatch ERIC decisions will become national law in every EU Member State.