The Plenary comprises of the ERRAC stakeholders (including all member companies of ERRAC stakeholder associations) and other interested stakeholders including members of Academia, research institutions, Member States and the European Commission.
The ERRAC Plenary:
The Steering Committee comprises:
The Steering Committee may also, when and where relevant, include a number of observers who are invited to attend by the Chairperson:
The Steering Committee:
ERRAC has 2 Permanent Advisory Groups (PAGs):
Both are largely autonomous but report all their activities and decisions to the Steering Committee. Both appoint their own chairperson, which benefit from the ERRAC Secretariat support for administrative issues.
They establish their own agenda that is communicated to the Steering Committee.
The PAGs ensure coordination and foster harmonisation between the objectives proposed and the work carried out by ERRAC, with strategies or programmes planned at the national level or within universities or research centres.
Working Group 1- Strategic Programme Group
The Working Group 1- Strategic Programme Group is tasked to:
Working Group 2 – ERRAC Projects Group
The Working Group 2 – Projects Group is tasked to:
Working Group 3 – ERRAC Communication Group
The ERRAC Communication Group is tasked to:
The appointment of the Chair and the 2 Vice-Chairs is endorsed by the Plenary based upon a proposal of the Steering Committee.
The Chair, playing a neutral and supervisory role, is held by a senior person from amongst the ERRAC stakeholders and alternate on a rotational basis between the rail operating community (ROC) and the manufacturing industry.
He/she interacts at senior level with other sector and research players, representing ERRAC and promoting its activities towards external parties and high-level representatives, supported by the Vice-Chairs and the Secretariat as necessary. The Chair presides the Plenary meetings and meetings of the Steering Committee.
There are 2 Vice-Chairs: one is appointed from either the rail operating community or the manufacturing industry such that there is a balance of sector representation between the chair and this vice chair. A second vice chair is appointed from the academic community. The Vice-Chairs deputise for the Chair for all aspects of the role as required.
The Chair and Vice-Chairs serve for a 3-year period at the end of which the rotational process means a change.
The secretariat is composed of:
The Secretariat provides the working structure for ERRAC.
The role of the Secretariat includes also:
The Secretariat assists and works in close relation with the ERRAC Chair and Vice-Chairs. The Secretariat can represent ERRAC when appropriate and agreed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs.