The Handbook of Operations provides information on the governance structure of ELIXIR, as well as its procedures and policies.
The legal framework of ELIXIR is based on the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA), which has been concluded among the Member States and EMBL and officially entered into force on 12 January 2014. The ECA covers:
The obligations of the Members and the ELIXIR Hub
The governance structure between the ELIXIR Hub and the ELIXIR Nodes
The internal governance structure of the ELIXIR Hub itself
Based on the ECA, EMBL carries out activities on behalf of ELIXIR that require EMBL’s legal personality. This allows ELIXIR to take advantage of EMBL’s privileges and immunities. EMBL is an international treaty organisation with 20 Member States and one associate Member State. You can find out more about ELIXIR's legal and governance model on the Governance FAQs page. See also How countries join and establish a Node.