Many partnership activities supported by the Thematic Platform on Agri-food are built on regular exchanges between the European Commission services and European regions leading and/or taking part in various thematic partnerships. To ensure the smooth functioning of this joint initiative, it has been agreed to meet twice a year to discuss implementation of the Platform's activities, resolve potential issues, and provide strategic guidance.
The Working Committee consists of all regions participating in Agri-food thematic partnerships. As a result, these Working Committee Meetings bring together the European Commission services and representatives of all Agri-Food thematic partnerships.
The Working Committee meetings offer lead and partner regions an opportunity to:
assess and benchmark the progress of each partnership, discuss any ongoing/future challenges and develop new solutions;
obtain information on possible synergies with other initiatives, e.g. Interreg, EIT Food or EIB;
discuss and share strategic guidance for the next period on key issues such as building synergies with EU funding programmes, overcoming regulatory obstacles for investment, understanding financial instruments, and skills.
Furthermore, S3P Agri-food Working Committee meetings offer thematic partnerships to organise their technical meetings.