The governance structure of the EIP Water allows for making accelerated progress towards its overall objectives, is action oriented, minimises bureaucracy and stimulates stakeholder participation.

The EIP Water is led by a Steering Group, consisting of 27 high-level representatives of relevant stakeholders and spanning both the demand and supply sides of innovation. The Steering Group was initially supported by a Task Force, composed of 45 stakeholder representatives.

About the EIP Water Steering Group

The Steering Group meets annually to provide strategic guidance and decision making and develops recommendations to the relevant European Commissioners on policy and implementation. The Steering Group is responsible for amending the Strategic Implementation Plan, evaluating and monitoring of progress and ensuring the result driven approach of the EIP Water. 

About the EIP Water Task Force

The Task Force members support the EIP Water Secretariat and Action Groups as experts, in particular in addressing barriers & bottlenecks.

The role of the European Commission

The European Commission acts as a facilitator of the EIP Water, keeping oversight and driving the overall process. In addition, the European Commission provides a link with EU funding mechanisms and relevant policies, to support the activities of the EIP Water and to take recommendations into consideration.  The European Commission, with support of the Task Force, selects the Action Groups that can work under the framework of the EIP Water, ensuring quality control of the content and of the process. While the stakeholders are the drivers of the activities under the EIP Water, all these activities are facilitated by the European Commission.

A Secretariat has been set up to support the various day-today activities and bodies of the EIP-Water. The Secretariat works under the supervision of the European Commission.