Annual Report 2014

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (ExCo) is the decision-making body of the OES and meets twice a year to discuss its Work Programme and share information among members. It comprises one voting delegate from each participating country.

Contracting Parties pay an annual membership fee to the Agreement Common Fund, which covers administrative expenses incurred in connection with the ExCo, including the secretariat functions, communication and dissemination activities, as well as sponsorship activities and short duration projects. The present membership subscription fee is € 7,000.

The ExCo elects a Chairman and two Vice-Chairs, who serve for a 2-year term. Together with the Secretary, the Chairman and Vice-Chairs form the Cabinet, which manages the day-to-day decision-making to implement the annual Work Programme. In 2014, two new Vice-Chairs have been elected: Mr. Henry Jeffrey (UK) and Dr. Keyyong Hong (Korea); the Chairman, Mr. José Luis Villate (Spain), has been re-elected for two more years.

The 26th and 27th meetings of the ExCo were held during 2014. These were convened in Paris, France (14 – 15 May 2014), and Halifax, Canada (10 – 11 November 2014).

Where possible, the ExCo tries to locate its meetings to coincide with major international ocean energy conferences or other relevant events.

In Paris, the delegates were are also invited to attend the workshop “Exploring the Prospects for Marine Renewable Energy to 2030”, co-hosted by the OES and the OECD, and organised within the framework of the OECD project on the future of the ocean economy. The workshop was held on 15 May 2014 at the IEA Headquarters, moderated by Mr. Eoin Sweeney from the Irish Marine Institute.

The meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada was organised in conjunction with the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2014) on 4-6 November 2014. A technical tour to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), located on the Palmiet River near Cape Town, was further organized on 9 November 2014 for the ExCo delegates.


26th ExCo meeting in Paris (14 – 15 May 2014)   

   27th ExCo meeting in Halifax (10 – 11 November 2014)