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The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) was set up by Member States in 2002, following an initiative by Philippe Busquin, the European Commissioner for Research. ESFRI brings together senior decision-makers, namely representatives appointed by research ministers of all EU Member States and representatives of the European Commission. The Associated States joined in September 2004.
The objectives of ESFRI are to support a coherent and strategy-led approach to policy making on research infrastructures in Europe and to facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to the better development, construction and use of research infrastructures in Europe. These objectives take into account that government decisions on major infrastructures of European significance are usually reached through a complex phase of informal policy discussions and negotiations. Consequently, the main challenge for ESFRI is to speed-up such negotiations and act as an incubator in the process of convergence which will take these negotiations to concrete initiatives.
The functions of ESFRI in meeting this challenge consist in acquiring and exchanging information on the need for strategic facilities in Europe in diverse fields of research, in discussing the main elements in the relevant Roadmaps and time-schedules in each of these fields and, where relevant, comparing priorities among different fields, reviewing and clarifying the key factors to be taken into account in future government decisions.

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