Annual Report 2016

Executive Committee

The overall programme is headed by an Executive Committee (ExCo) composed of representatives from each participating country and organisation. The ExCo meets twice a year and takes decisions on the management, participation and implementation aspects of the OES. 

Contracting Parties pay an annual membership fee to the Agreement Common Fund, which covers administrative expenses, including the secretariat services, communication and dissemination activities and sponsorship activities and collaboration with other international organisations. The common fund may also support coordination of ongoing R&D projects, launch of new projects, organisation of OES workshops on prioritised topics and commissioning of studies or reports. It does not cover R&D activities; Research should be funded by participants involved in a specific task. The membership subscription fee is € 7000. 

The ExCo elects a Chairman and two Vice-Chairs, who serve for a 2-year term. Together with the Secretary, the Chairman and Vice-Chairs form the Cabinet, which manages the day-to-day decision-making to implement the annual Work Programme. 

The 30th and 31st meetings were convened in Gothenburg, Sweden (9 – 10 May 2016), and Singapore (10 - 11 November 2016).

A list of the members of the ExCo during 2016 is shown in Appendix 1.




30th ExCo meeting in Sweden (9 - 10 May 2016)


In the November meeting a new Cabinet was elected: The UK alternate, Henry Jeffrey will replace José Luis Villate as Chairman for the period 2017 – 2018.

Alison La Bonte (delegate from USA) and José Luis Villate (Spanish alternate) will stand as Vice-Chairs for 2017.



31st ExCo Meeting in Singapore (10 - 11 November 2016)