The EGI Council, formed under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2009 by 38 National Grid Initiatives and research organisations, agreed on a set of statutes (rules & structures) to govern EGI.eu. EGI.eu is a new organisation with an objective to:
create and maintain a pan-European grid infrastructure in collaboration with NGIs in order to guarantee its long-term availability for performing research and innovation activities.
Initially, its main focus will be the coordination of grid activities between European NGIs through the proposed EGI-InSPIRE project. This proposed 4 year project brings together 41 organisations from around the world - but primarily in Europe - to move the community to an organisational and technical structure that will make its operation more sustainable in the future. In addition to establishing the statutes based EGI Council, the meeting elected an Executive Board of seven independent representatives from the EGI Council who will supervise the running of EGI.eu by a full-time Director.
The establishment of EGI.eu in Amsterdam (an independent legal entity formed under Dutch law) will now continue with the recruitment of staff.