Global partnerships to ​​​​be strengthened, new voting rights for members, GÉANT General Assembly agrees

At last week's GÉANT General Assembly (GA) meeting, members amended the bylaws of the GÉANT association and adopted a new model for allocating votes to national and representative members related to their size and service uptake. The members also agreed to give authority to the Board to submit the next GÉANT Project (GN4-2) proposal to the European Commission, and to commit to the BELLA project and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Advanced North Atlantic (ANA) Consortium.


The meeting was also briefed on various European Cloud initiatives by associate CERN's David Foster, Chair of the GÉANT Board of Directors Christian Grimm and Cloud expert Andres Steijaert of national member SURFnet.


GÉANT CEO Steve Cotter presenting to the General Assembly in March 2016.


GÉANT Project (GN4-2) proposal

Following a videoconference of 28 GÉANT Project partners on 22 February, a number of suggestions for fine-tuning the GN4-2 proposal had been received. These suggestions were discussed by the GA particiants, who subsequently voted to delegate authority to the GÉANT Board to give final approval on the proposal, which is to be submitted to the European Commission by 31 March 2016.


BELLA project

BELLA, driven by the European Commission and the Brazilian government, aims to provide long-term network capacity between the research and education communities of Europe and Latin America. This project follows up the ELLA (Europe Link with Latin America) Feasibility Study.


The GA delegated authority to the GÉANT Board to approve EC project and service contract proposals, including the BELLA proposal. Final approval for signature of the contracts will be sought as a second stage in the process once further details and results of the procurement activity are better understood.



The GÉANT Board recommended to the General Assembly that GÉANT should join the ANA300 (Advanced North Atlantic) consortium and outlined the benefits. The GA accepted and voted to authorise the GÉANT CEO, Steve Cotter, to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.


Further information

This 7th GÉANT GA meeting was hosted by SURFnet in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 14-15 March 2016.


For more information, please visit the General Assembly wiki pages and the GÉANT governance and membership web pages.