ESTEP: its membership and how it organises for success
Formed in 2003, ESTEP was one of the first European Technology Platforms to be created. Its membership encompasses all the major European steel producers and the European Steel Association, EUROFER; academic centres and research organisations working in steel sector R&D; industrial stakeholders drawn from steel-consuming sectors, such as car manufacturing and heavy engineering; and other stakeholders such as trade union representatives. The European Commission and the Member States are also represented in ESTEP management committees. ESTEP is financed by its members – the European steel industry.
Structure and governance
The Steering Committee
ESTEP is governed by a Steering Committee. The Chairman is Dr Heribert Fischer of ThyssenKrupp Steel, the Vice-Chairman is Mr Emilio Riva of the Riva Group, and the Deputy Vice-Chairman is Mr Enrico Gibellieri, steel expert and advisor to the European Metalworkers’ Federation. The ESTEP steering committee, which meets annually, has 16 members in total, drawn from the highest executive management levels of the European steel industry, the steel value chain, steel and trade union associations, research institutes and academia. The Secretary-General of ESTEP is Mr Klaus Peters.
The purpose of the Steering Committee is to define the long-term RTD priorities for the steel sector, decide on strategic RTD actions to support innovation, approving approve the Strategic Research Agenda, and monitor and coordinate ESTEP’s long-term activities and direction. The organisational structure of ESTEP is shown in the diagram.
The Support Group
The Support Group is in charge of piloting the overall ESTEP research programme. It reviews the activities of the Working Groups, ensures planning is in line with the SRA and coordinates between the Working Groups. The Support Group holds three meetings per year, in January, June and October.
The Mirror Group
The Mirror Group is composed of Member States representatives who meet annually to contribute to ESTEP’s objectives. Eighteen Member States out of the EU-28 are represented so far. It serves as a link between the Steering Committee and the Member States on matters concerning EU RTD and national policies and programmes.
The Working Groups
Six Working Groups deal with the implementation of ESTEP's SRA in different domains: two of these deal with steel production. WG1 – Profit and Innovation – works on the development of safe, clean, energy-efficient and cost-efficient technologies. WG4 – Planet – works on innovative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, conserve resources and boost waste recovery. Three working groups cover steel applications: WG2 – steel solutions for transport (mainly automotive), WG3 – steel solutions for construction, and WG6 – steel solutions for Energy. Working Group 5 – People deals with activities for attracting people to the steel industry, skills development, education and training programmes, and occupational safety. In addition, there is a temporary Working Group on energy efficiency in the steel production and supply chain (not shown in diagram), and sub-groups and ad- hoc groups are set up as needed to deal with specific activities.
Implementation and Communication Groups
The Working Groups are supported by the Implementation Group which disseminates and updates the latest information on EU programmes and initiatives. The European Commission participates in the Implementation Group. The Communications Groups supports all the communications activities of ESTEP, in particular through the CIRCA Portal for document and information exchange. The Communications Group is also responsible for producing the ESTEP newsletter and coordinating the annual report.
Last updated on: 2015-07-22