Consultative Groups

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG Research & Innovation) draws on the advice of several consultative groups to get support for the policy making and for defining legislative texts (Decisions and Regulations). Those groups are regularly consulted and provide policy recommendations, advice or reflections, contributing in their field of expertise.

These are the main policy groups working with DG Research & Innovation:

Programme Committee

The Commission may consult the relevant Committee on the measures it is planning to adopt. The Committee can then deliver an opinion on the Commission's work.

The Committees are made up of representatives from EU Member States. They are chaired by a European Commission representative and meets in Brussels.

They are consulted in the preparation of the Commission's Work Plan and in the finalisation of the projects' evaluation phase.

Advisory group

The advisory groups were created to reinforce the Commission’s commitment to consult stakeholders in an open and transparent way early on in the policy-making cycle. They examine policy proposals in-depth at regular meetings.

The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR)

In the domain of agricultural research, the European Union and the Member States joined forces to establish the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) in 1974. It is chaired by a Commission representative and advises the Commission and Member States on the coordination of agricultural research activities in Europe. SCAR has grown to become a respected source of advice on European agricultural and wider bioeconomy research, along with being a major catalyst for the coordination of national research programmes.



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