The creation of ETPs was prompted by the EU commission in the early 2000s to bring stakeholders together around key technologies. ETPs were the first type of public-private partnership established in the research field at the European level. The role of an ETP is to:

  • Bring relevant stakeholders together and develop a common vision
  • Elaborate a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) setting out the research priorities for the short, medium and long term on the technologies/field concerned
  • Implement the SRIA by mobilising public and private investment

For more information, please see the article “European Technology Platforms – At a glance” published in 2017 by the European Parliamentary Research Service

Any entity can become a member of Plant ETP. Plant ETP members are stakeholders from academia, industry and/or the agricultural community, and can be individual companies, universities, research institutes, farming organisations, etc…, or organisations representing several companies, universities, research institutes, farming organisations, etc…

For more information see our page “Become a member

Plant ETP strives for consensus among its members. If a consensus cannot be reached on a specific topic, Plant ETP members can express their interests through their voting power. If at least 2/3 of the members from a same stakeholder group (academia, industry or the agricultural community) consider that a decision would severely harm their interests, they may jointly exercise a veto right.
Plant ETP also ensures a balanced representation of all three stakeholder groups, making up its membership, by allocating a set number of seats on the Board of Directors to each group. See the “Board and Manager” page for more information.