Working Groups are established by the Assembly on a permanent basis to work on long-term tasks.
Members of a Working Group should be experts in the respective task and are nominated by their National Coordinator. Each Working Group is coordinated by a Working Group Chair elected by the Working Group members for a 3-years term of office. A re-election for one term is possible.
The Working Group budget available for implementing the work plan should be partitioned by year. Working groups will receive a fixed budget annually accepted by the Assembly. The Working Groups should be used to provide guidance on issues of a technical and advisory nature and should publish technical and advisory information for the benefit of all National Coordinators. The technical and advisory material from the Working Groups should reflect the requirements needed for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action. The Assembly will discuss and adopt the priority areas in accordance with the MYPOW. The Working Groups should facilitate the collaboration and networking of relevant stakeholders in the European region.
At present, two Working Groups are operating on
• Ex situ conservation (cryo-conservation)
• Documentation and information