The European Commission has set up a High Level Group of experts who will advise on how to maximise the impact of the EU's investment in research and innovation. The group will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. It consists of 12 personalities appointed in a personal capacity. Over 350 candidates responded to an online call for expression of interest. The group will start its work in December 2016 and is expected to issue its report in June 2017.