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The EIROforum collaboration is based on a Charter, which was officially signed by the Directors General of the partner organisations on 12 November 2002 in Brussels.

Since the early 1950s, a number of powerful research infrastructures and laboratories have been developed and deployed by the European Intergovernmental Research Organisations for the benefit of Europe’s scientists. These organisations have set up a co-ordination and collaboration Council (EIROforum) with their Directors General (or equivalent) as its members.

A primary goal of EIROforum is to play an active and constructive role in promoting the quality and impact of European Research. In particular the group constitutes a basis for effective, high-level interaction and coordination between the member organisations. It mobilises its substantial combined expertise in basic research and in the management of large international infrastructures, facilities and programmes, for the benefit of European research and development. This is pursued by exploiting the existing intimate links between the partner organisations and their respective European research communities.

The aims of EIROforum are, in particular, to:

  • Encourage and facilitate discussions among its members on issues of common interest, which are relevant to research and development.
  • Maximise the scientific return and optimise the use of resources and facilities by sharing relevant developments and results, whenever feasible.
  • Co-ordinate the outreach activities of the organisations, including technology transfer and public education.
  • Take an active part, in collaboration with other European scientific organisations, in a forward-look at promising and/or developing research directions and priorities, in particular in relation to new large-scale research infrastructures.
  • Simplify high-level interactions with the European Commission (EC) and other organs of the European Union, and enable an effective response to specific requests for expert advice in the areas covered by the member organisations.
  • Provide co-ordinated representation to the outside world including the general public, national governments and non-European countries.