Almost all the EU Member States are represented
on the EURAGRI platform which provides informal exchange
of information that is of value to agricultural research
Opinions on developments in science, society and industry
- as they relate to agriculture in Europe - are presented
by ministries of agriculture and the top management of national
research organisations. The EU's Agriculture DG and Research
DG participate as guest members.
EURAGRI is effectively a think tank, because members discuss
upcoming issues without committing themselves or compromising
their principles. Its work is evolving from an emphasis
on national policy to one that is more international, taking
into account the EU's Common Agricultural Policy and related
matters such as rural affairs.
Following and informing research
in Europe's structure for conducting scientific research
- the Framework Programmes and the rapidly evolving European
Research Area (ERA) - are closely monitored by the platform.
This growing knowledge has made it possible for the EU to
use EURAGRI as a tool to communicate with the scientific
community working in the agriculture and food research sectors.
EURAGRI is also a forum where research managers can benchmark
the effectiveness of their work and gauge its general relevance
in the European context.
EURAGRI's main activity is its annual conference.