By 2018 EPOS will become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) and thus a legal entity. The ERIC legal framework will provide EPOS with a legal personality and extensive legal capacity recognised in all EU Member States and the flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of each infrastructure.
EPOS will meet statutes and other commitments necessary for the legal establishment of the ERIC. The ERIC-mandated elements are central to the success of EPOS: a General Assembly (GA) of members will be the organization’s governing body. The current Board of Governmental Representatives (BGR) will transform into the GA once the ERIC will be operational. An Executive Director, supported by its Coordination Office (ECO), will be directly responsible to the GA for all aspects of the EPOS activities. A Services Coordination Board (SCB) representing all the TCS and the ICS will inform and advice the Executive Director in formulating and executing the EPOS Annual Work Programme.
The EPOS-ERIC legal seat will be hosted in Italy (Rome) at the INGV headquarter. The ICS Central Hub (ICS-C) will be hosted in United Kingdom (BGS) and France (BRGM) with technical operational support from Denmark (GEUS). The location of service providers in charge of data and service provision for the Thematic Core Services, will be decided during the validation phase starting on October 2017.