Upcoming events

Owing to the pandemic situation, the 16th (Mid-term) Steering Committee meeting will NOT take place in Padova, Italy, 24-27 November 2020, as previously announced, but it will be postponed to 2021.

During the week of 24-27 November 2020 (precise dates to be confirmed), the Steering Committee will convene on video conference, back-to-back with the GenRes Bridge meeting, to discuss the European Strategy on Genetic Resources. 

Recent events

The 15th (End-of-Phase) meeting of the ECPGR  Steering Committee was held 15-17 May 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Phase X of ECPGR (2019-2023) was agreed by the National Coordinators with a revised list of objectives. The framework for the establishment of a European Evaluation Network was launched and a Memorandum of Understanding for enhanced collaboration was also agreed for signature between the European Seed Association and ECPGR.  more info

Background information

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, Euroseeds, 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

Related Information

ECPGR Steering Committee meetings