Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

Membership categories and fees

Two pillars

Being part of the EERA community is based on two pillars:

  • The membership in the EERA association (EERA aisbl)
  • The membership in one or several EERA Joint Programmes

Both pillars are mandatory – it is not possible to be a member of EERA aisbl without participating in at least one Joint Programme and vice versa.

Pillar 1: EERA aisbl

EERA aisbl has two membership categories, full and associate members:

Full members

  • Are entitled to participate in all decision processes of the association
  • Have voting rights
  • Are eligible for a seat in the Executive Committee
  • Need to be a full participant in at least one Joint Programme
  • Pay the full membership fee

Associate members

  • Are entitled to participate in the General Assembly and other activities of the association with the right to speak
  • Have no voting rights
  • Are not eligible for a seat in the Executive Committee
  • Pay a reduced membership fee
  • Particular case: Members of an umbrella organisation have the rights and duties of an associate EERA member but are exempted from the membership fee

Membership fees

The first pillar – EERA aisbl – comes with a membership fee. This fee is currently

  • 3,000 €/year for full members
  • 1,000 €/year for associate members
Pillar 2: Joint Programmes

Like the association (EERA aisbl, pillar 1), the Joint Programmes have two membership categories, full and associate members.

Full members

  • Are also full members in the EERA aisbl – it is not possible to be a full member in a Joint Programme while being an associate member in the association
  • Can provide inputs to the description of work of the respective Joint Programme
  • Have access to positions of responsibility in the respective Joint Programme
  • Are a Joint Programme Steering Committee member with voting rights
  • Actively participate in the daily life of the Joint Programme
  • Pay the full Joint Programme membership fee, if any

Associate members

  • Can provide inputs to the description of work of the respective Joint Programme
  • Are not a Joint Programme Steering Committee member
  • Actively participate in the daily life of the Joint Programme
  • Pay the Joint Programme associate membership fee, if any

Membership fees

The second pillar – the Joint Programmes – may come with an additional fee. Whether there is such an additional Joint Programme membership fee or not, depends on the respective Joint Programme. Each Joint Programme decides autonomously over its membership fee.

If an organisation is a member of several Joint Programmes, it has to pay the membership fee for each Joint Programme but of course only once the membership fee for the association.

Further information

For further information, please have a look at the EERA Statutes and the factsheet “How does an EERA Joint Programme operate”.