EPPO governing and technical bodies
The EPPO Council is the general assembly of the Organization where all member countries are invited to participate. EPPO Council meets once a year in September and decides about the policies and programme of activity of the Organization, and its budget. All EPPO Standards are submitted to the formal approval of Council before being published in the EPPO Bulletin which is the official journal of the Organization. The EPPO Council is headed by a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, elected for a period of three years. Every second year, an EPPO Council Colloquium is also organized after the adminitrative session, so that Heads of NPPOs can share their views on topical issues.
Mr Michael KURZWEIL
Chairman of EPPO
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry,
Environment and Water Management
Mr Sultan-Makhmud SULTANOV
Vice-Chairman of EPPO
International relations Department
Agency of Plant Protection and Quarantine of the Republic of Uzbekistan
EPPO Council Colloquium (Antalya, TR, 2017-09-28)
EPPO Executive Committee
The Executive Committee prepares the work for Council (both financial and technical aspects) and ensures that the activity of the Organization conforms with the decisions of Council. It meets twice a year (in April and September). It is composed of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and of delegates from 7 governments elected on a rotational basis.
Current composition of the Executive Committee (as agreed in September 2022)
Chairman (Mr Michael Kurzweil)
Vice-Chairman (Mr Sultan-Makhmud Sultanov)
EPPO Executive Committee (Antalya, TR, 2017-09-25)
EPPO Working Parties and Panels
The technical activities of EPPO are directed by two Working Parties: on Phytosanitary Regulations (broadly plant quarantine) and on Plant Protection Products. Each Working Party meets once a year (in June and May respectively). Meetings are held in member countries throughout the EPPO region. The Working Parties draw up their programmes subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and Council. They assign specific tasks to Panels of experts. These Panels are composed of specialists from member countries, nominated as individuals by their respective NPPOs, and they prepare detailed draft standards which will be recommended (after formal approval by Council) to all member countries. Every year, 20-25 Panel meetings are held in Paris or in scientific centres throughout the region. Panels generally meet once a year, but according to the priorities and work programme of the Organization, more meetings may be required or certain Panels may meet at longer intervals. The technical work of the Organization depends on the active and continued participation of experts from member countries in the Working Party and Panel meetings.