EASAC - the European Academies Science Advisory Council - is formed by the National Academies of the European Union's Member States.
EASAC provides a cooperation between the Academies with the aim of providing scientific advice to the European policy makers. In that way, EASAC makes it possible for the European scientists to be heard as one voice.
In this way, EASAC has the opportunity to fulfil the vision of the Academies, namely that science plays a key role in many aspects of modern life and the recognition of this scientific aspect is a prerequisite for wise political decisions. This vision is part of the foundation of many National Academies. Given the increasing role of the European Union in the political arena, the National Academies acknowledge that the scope of their advisory tasks must exceed the national borders and that it's important not to lose sight of the European level.
Website : www.easac.eu
RASAB's liaison Office :
The Belgian Academies have the advantage of being located in the heart of Brussels, on walking distance of the European Institutions. Given the context a liaison office was founded within RASAB, which makes sure that the advice from the Belgian as well as the European Academies are heard by the European policy makers.
Terms of Reference:
1. to gather information on the upcoming EU policiy measures, which may benefit from an independent scientific and technical guidance.
2. to increase the visibility of the Belgian and European Academies and its global umbrella organisations as a source of independent, peer-reviewed and scientific information of high quality to develop policy measures.
3. to establish a more regular contact with key figures in the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council, who show an interest in science and technique as an input for policy preparations.
4. to organise meetings between key figures of the Academies with those from the European Institutions.
Since April 2010, the official contact for EASAC in Brussels is RASAB's liaison office. There is an intense cooperation between RASAB and the secretariat and board of EASAC. RASAB is always represented at the bureau and board meetings of EASAC.
Participation and representation of Belgium in EASAC :