The 14th (Mid-Term) ECPGR Steering Committee meeting took take place in Višegrad (Bosnia and Herzegovina), from 31 May to 2 June 2016. More info...
The Programme is guided by a Steering Committee (SC), consisting of the Coordinators of National Programmes ("National Coordinators", NC), of all participating countries. The SC nominates an Executive Committee (ExCo) composed of five persons, to plan and execute the ECPGR activities, as decided upon by the SC.
The European Commission (EC) is invited to nominate a representative as full member of this Committee. Bioversity International, The European Seed Association (ESA), the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen) and a non-governmental organization (NGO) representative are invited as permanent observers. (see: Observers in the SC).
The Steering Committee holds the overall responsibility for the Programme; it approves its budgets1 and provides overall technical and policy guidance to the operations of the programme. The SC reviews the progress made by Working Groups (WGs) and Task Forces (TFs) and takes decisions regarding their general scope and their establishment or termination. It approves and provides guidelines for ad hoc activities. It mandates and oversees the Secretariat to carry out its decisions.
The SC meets at least once every two and a half years. Between meetings, the SC makes use of a dedicated listserver to communicate and take management decisions.
1 Formal decision concerning payment of member annual contributions is taken by the competent authorities within each country