The General Assembly is the main decision making body of the JPI and is responsible for the overall coordination, supervision, implementation and progress of the JPI. The GA ensures the political backing of the initiatives from MS/AS. GA members are requested to coordinate with relevant stakeholders in their countries. The GA ensures the visibility of the JPI and takes also the broadness of the JPI topic into account. The Membership in the General Assembly is equal to the membership within the JPI. The GA members must have a Governmental mandate. The decision making rule within the General Assembly is “one country – one vote” and this requires that the MS, AS or Third Country delegation nominate a single voting person.The GA is responsible for decision-taking and identifies:
- public research instruments (regional, national and/or European) suitable to realize the objectives
- priorities for joint initiatives that will have valuated impact at the European Union level, taking into account pre-existing national and EU activities.
The GA decides on JPI activities and their implementation, corrective measures, etc.. and will
- develop strategies for international cooperation and coordination
- define joint transnational initiatives, based on the defined priorities for joint initiatives
- define rules of participation
- invite Member and Associated States to participate in the implementation of joint transnational initiatives (including prior commitment on financing, premised that participation in specific initiatives is voluntarily and follows the principle of variable geometry)
- facilitate the development of new instruments, where necessary.
- implement an overarching concept for the dissemination and communication of results from JPI
- report on the progress of the JPI to the GPC and interact with other European initiatives and programs (e.g. EIP-AHA, ERA-NET AGE, AAL Joint Programme) or other political bodies of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.