EARPA is functioning thanks to its members' annual contributions and is composed of three main bodies:
- First, the General Assembly, in which all members are participating, governs the Association. In the General Assembly the members are entitled to vote and to elect the members of the Executive Board. Every year the General Assembly takes place in March in Brussels.
- Second, the Executive Board, to which the management of the association is delegated, initiates activities and carries out the representative tasks. Mr. Schernus (FEV) as chairman of this board is EARPA President.
- Third, the EARPA Secretariat is based in Brussels and is managed by EARPA Secretary General, Ms. Schoen. The Secretariat supports the Board, the General Assembly and the Foresight Groups. The EARPA Secretariat is composed of various staff. For further details see the contact section.
The Foresight and the Collaborative Research Groups are in the core of the activities of EARPA. In the Foresight Groups EARPA member experts are actively discussing pertinent research topics and cover the main automotive R&D areas in which EARPA members are active. The Collaborative Research Groups facilitate the discussions among EARPA members for drafting new proposals
The organigram gives an overview of the interaction between the various bodies within EARPA.