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e-IRG Executive Board has endorsed new Mission and Vision statement and adopted new bylaws

On April 26, 2016, the e-IRG Executive Board has endorsed a new "Mission and Vision" statement for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group, as well as a new and adapted version of the e-IRG bylaws.

The new "Mission and Vision" statement defines the e-IRG as a strategic body to facilitate integration in the area of European e-Infrastructures and connected services, within and between member states, at the European level and globally.

The mission of e-IRG is to support both coherent, innovative and strategic European e-Infrastructure policymaking and the development of convergent and sustainable e-Infrastructure services.

The objectives are to sustain e-IRG as the leading European advisory body on e-Infrastructures, as well as to maintain and further develop e-IRG in its role as the facilitator and stimulator of European e-Infrastructure collaboration.

To reach these goals, e-IRG will act as an external and neutral advisory body being counterpart of reference by producing strategic and policy reports, analyses and recommendations. e-IRG will actively stimulate discussion with and between all stakeholder groups. The e-IRG delegates will carry out work to inform and influence regional and national policy makers but also European and international stakeholders.

e-IRG has also the ambition to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the state of the art and progress in the field of e-Infrastructures and as such to promote a user-driven and scientific excellence approach in e-Infrastructure policy making taking into account e-IRG Members' recommendations and constraints.

e-IRG will advance the European landscape of e-Infrastructures taking into account national roadmaps, propose objectives taking into account the landscape; synergies and future cooperation between projects and/or initiatives, and monitor the impact of e-IRG recommendations in the European research infrastructure landscape.

e-IRG will continue its policy of independence and openness, providing opportunities for all stakeholders to debate their views, and offer perspectives, analyse and propose approaches and consolidate ways forward.

e-IRG will also facilitate the collaboration between all actors in the field of pan-European e-Infrastructures - networking, high-throughput and high-performance computing, and in particular data management and related processes and services.

As a consequence, it will stimulate work and strongly facilitate the international coordination of e-Infrastructure activities and the presentation of all different components to users as integrated e-Infrastructure services; foster innovation in the data area, including stimulating the interaction between data producers, e.g. Research Infrastructures, e-Infrastructure providers and leading-edge users; and cooperate with ESFRI, ESFRI RI projects and other pan-European research infrastructures, as well as with the long tail of science in the effect possible.

The new Mission and Vision statement is available at http://e-irg.eu/mission.

The newly approved version of the e-IRG bylaws, edited on April 26, 2016 is available at http://e-irg.eu/bylaws.