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The Scientific Council may set up new Working Groups and discontinue existing ones in response to changing requirements. The Standing Committees and Working Groups meet normally several times per year in conjunction with Scientific Council plenary meetings or ERC Board meetings and can also work electronically. They report periodically on their work and conclusions to the plenary of the Scientific Council. Decisions taken by Committees and Working Groups must be confirmed by the Scientific Council to be formally adopted.

The Standing Committees and Working Groups are supported by the Scientific Council's Secretariat and other members of the ERCEA staff as appropriate.