In 2008 the Commission proposed a new approach called joint programming for large-scale joint public research initiatives at European level. Joint programming is the process by which Member and Associated States engage on a variable-geometry basis in defining, developing and implementing common strategic research agendas based on a common vision of how to address major societal challenges that no Member State is capable of resolving alone.
The Commission has adopted on 28 April 2010 two Recommendations on Joint Programming Initiatives on "Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change" and on "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life". These recommendations are the result of a specific request formulated by Competitiveness Council on 3 December 2009, based on a previous selection of themes by a High-Level Group on Joint Programming.
FACCE and HDHL JPIs adopted their Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in 2012. FACCE-JPI's SRA was launched on 5 December 2012 setting out the strategic priorities for trans-disciplinary and innovative European research on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change and providing a framework for the alignment of existing programmes and joint research efforts to achieve the twin objectives of food security and combating climate change. The JPI on Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life has officially announced its SRA during its first annual conference on 14 June 2012 in The Hague, Netherlands.
The European Commission is supporting these two Joint Programming Initiatives through Coordination and Supporting Actions (CSA).
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The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Seventeen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.
The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.