Statutes of the Expert Committees of the Research, Development and Innovation Council


Article 1
Preamble

1. Expert committees are established by the Research, Development and Innovation Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Council”) as expert and advisory bodies thereof further to Section 35(7)(a) of Act No 130/2002 on the promotion of research, experimental development and innovation from public resources and amending certain related laws (the Act on the Promotion of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation), as amended by Act No 110/2009.

2. The Council shall establish three expert committees:
a) an expert committee on life sciences,
b) an expert committee on non-life sciences and engineering,
c) an expert committee on social sciences and humanities.

3. In their activities, the expert committees shall be governed by the statutes and rules of procedure of the expert committees. The statutes and rules of procedure of the expert committees or any amendment thereto shall be subject to approval by the Council.


Article 2
Competence

1. The expert committees shall perform tasks assigned by the Council. In particular, the expert committees shall:
a) draw up, within their scope of competence, the Czech Republic’s draft priorities for industrial research, experimental development and innovation in each area of industrial research, experimental development and innovation as a fundamental basis for the draft National Policy of Research, Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic.,
b) make observations, from an expert point of view, on documents being prepared by the Council.

2. Where necessary, the expert committees shall collaborate with each other in the performance of their tasks. Where necessary, they shall organize joint meetings.

3. The expert committees shall draw up framework annual programmes (plans) of their activities and submit them to the Council for approval by 30 November of the previous calendar year.

4. The expert committees shall report annually to the Council on their activities by 30 September of the year for which the report is written.


Article 3
Management of Expert Committees

1. The expert committees shall operate independently and autonomously.

2. The activities of an expert committee shall be managed by its chairman, who shall be appointed and removed by the Council chairman on a proposal from the Council. The chairman of an expert committee shall be elected by Council members by secret ballot.

3. The chairman of an expert committee shall be accountable to the Council for the committee’s activities, shall act on behalf of the committee, shall chair the meetings thereof, and shall approve the minutes of meetings.

4. The chairman of an expert committee shall be represented by a vice-chairman elected by the expert committee from among its members. The vice-chairman may be removed on a proposal from members of the expert committee. The election or removal of the vice-chairman of an expert committee shall be decided by members of the expert committee in a secret ballot by an absolute majority of all committee members present.

5. Tasks shall be assigned to expert committees by the Council through the chairman of the expert committees, who shall attend Council meetings. The chairmen of the expert committees shall attend Council meetings in an advisory capacity and shall have access to underlying documentation for Council meetings in the stage of consultation thereof, and to the final versions of underlying documentation for Council meetings. The chairman of an expert committee may, in case of his pre-excused absence from a Council meeting, be represented by the vice-chairman of the expert committee if delegated by the expert committee chairman to represent him at a Council meeting in such a situation. The chairmen of the expert committees may also attend Council Board meetings when invited to do so by the Council chairman or the Council’s first vice-chairman. For such meetings, underlying documentation on the items of the agenda at which the expert committee chairmen are to be present shall be made available to them.


Article 4
Expert Committee Members

1. Each expert committee shall have 7 to 12 members, including the chairman, with the exception of the expert committee on non-life sciences and engineering, which shall have 9 to 15 members, including the chairman. Membership of expert committees shall be a public office and shall not constitute an employment relationship with the Czech Republic.

2. Members of an expert committee shall be elected by the Council by secret ballot from among leading experts in the given field of research, experimental development and innovation.

3. Expert committee members shall be appointed and removed by the Council chairman on a proposal from the Council.

4. The term of office of an expert committee member shall be four years. A member of an expert committee may be appointed for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

5. Expert committee membership shall be incompatible with the concurrent membership of
a) the board of the Czech Science Foundation,
b) the board of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, or
c) the board of the Academy Council of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

6. Expert committee membership shall not be substitutable. Members of an expert committee shall attend meetings of the expert committee and shall actively participate in the committee’s work.

7. Should any member of an expert committee fail to officiate for a period of at least three months, subject to the approval of the majority of expert committee members, the chairman of the expert committee may make a proposal to the Council for the removal of that member of the expert committee and the appointment of a new member of the expert committee.

8. Members of expert committees shall respect the confidentiality of discussed documents submitted to the Council and concerning the Council’s activities until they are approved and published; this shall not preclude expert consultation on the issues discussed.


Article 5
Expert Committee Meetings

1. Expert committee meetings shall be governed by the rules of procedure of the expert committees.

2. Expert committee meetings shall be held, as a rule, once a month, with the exception of July and August. The dates and places of meetings shall be specified in the expert committees’ framework annual programme (plan) of activities approved by the Council.

3. An extraordinary meeting of an expert committee shall be held at the request of the Council or at the request of one third of expert committee members within 14 calendar days of delivery of the request to the expert committee chairman. Meetings of the Committee shall be convened by its chairman.


Article 6
Cost of Activities and Remuneration of Expert Committee Members

1. The costs of the expert Committees’ activities, including the remuneration of the members thereof, shall be covered by expenditure on research, experimental development and innovation under the budget heading of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

2. In the preparation of documents commissioned in advance which are covered by expenditure intended for Council activities, the procedure under special legislation shall be followed.

3. Expert committee members shall be entitled to remuneration for holding such public office, the amount of which shall be set by the Council chairman, and travel expenses, which shall be provided in the amount and under conditions prescribed by the Labour Code. To this end, the Council secretariat shall keep attendance lists of expert committee meetings on file.


Article 7
Final Provisions

1. These Statutes shall enter into effect on 29 June 2012.

2. Amendments to these Statutes shall be subject to approval by the Council.

3. These Statutes shall be publicly accessible on the website of and at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The consolidated text of the Statutes shall be published on the website.

Miroslava Kopicová
First Vice-Chairwoman of the Research, Development and Innovation Council

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