Internal Structure

TAFTIE was registered in 1992 under French law and has its official seat in Paris. The Chairmanship rotates every year among members. The organisation holding the Chair provides a small secretariat to deal with the day-to-day operation of the Association.

TAFTIE's Internal Structure

The Board: A director is appointed from each member organisation. It is the decision making body. It meets at least once a year. It approves the accounts, the creation of new task forces and yearly operational plans.

The Working Group: This includes delegates from every member. The Working Group creates proposals which are decided upon by the Board. It oversees the activities of the Task Forces and the Ad-Hoc Groups.

Task Forces: The creation of Task Forces is subject to Board approval. Participation is Task Forces in voluntary. At least six member organisations must participate for a Task Force to be operational. They have defined objectives. A Task Force operates for a maximum of two years. It will report to the Board after the first year, refocus if necessary, and will deliver its results and conclusions at the end of the second year. Among the examples of recent task forces are "Bridging the Gap between Public and Private Financing", "Brokerage Events", "Guide for Development and Growth in SMEs", "Evaluation of Programmes", "Transparency on the Management of Regional, National and International Technology Innovation Programmes".

Ad Hoc Groups: These are established by the Working Group or the Board. Participation is voluntary and there is no set minimum on the number of members involved. They are very focused on a specific subject and operate for a maximum of one year.

Thematic Networks: The establishment of these is subject to Board approval and participation is voluntary. A minimum of four members must participate. One of these members must be the co-ordinator. Thematic Networks are derived from previous Task Forces or Ad-Hoc Groups. The objective of a Thematic Network is to achieve advances on a topic which does not require regular meetings but only voluntary co-ordination. This could include the comparison and standardisation of some of the activities of members.