EERA was founded in 2008 and obtained legal status as an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law (association internationale sans but lucratif – aisbl) in 2014. It is a membership-based organisation with full and associate members and governed by a General Assembly and an Executive Committee. For detailed information, please read the EERA aisbl Statutes and Internal Rules of Procedure.
The EERA General Assembly
The General Assembly is composed of representatives of all member organisations. Everyone is entitled to speak in the General Assembly but only full members have the right to vote. The General Assembly meets at least once a year and is the supreme governing body of EERA, notably for decisions concerning the approval of the budget, membership fees, the annual report of activities, the determination of the Executive Committee, changes to the internal rules, etc.
the EERA Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the main governing body of EERA. It provides guidance to the Alliance, takes decisions on its functioning and approves new Joint Programmes. The Executive Committee is supported by the EERA Secretariat.
The EERA Secretariat and Secretary-General
The Secretariat, headed by the Secretary-General, supports the Executive Committee and the Joint Programmes and serves as point of contact between them. It is the integrative layer of the association, coordinates and provides expertise and strategic advice, and participates in EU-funded projects that serve strategic purposes for the positioning of the alliance.
The EERA Joint Programmes
The EERA Joint Programmes bring together researchers from participating organisations. An organisation can join either as a full or an associate participant. Each Joint Programme has a Steering Committee as its decision-making body, composed of a representative from each participant. Associate participants are represented by the full participant they are linked to.
The Joint Programme is led by a Joint Programme Coordinator. Together with the sub-programme leaders he or she forms the Joint Programme Management Board, which is responsible for all management aspects of the Joint Programme. The sub-programmes are the structured by scientific areas.
Within the Joint Programme, joint projects involving participants from different sub-programmes can be created.