Organization and Functioning
One of the aspects of the new entity to be highlighted is the participation of the sector in its governing bodies (Governing Council and Regional Council for Agri-food Development) in order to guarantee permanent forums for coordination between administration representatives, technicians and scientists, and sector businesses and organizations.
Decree 38/2000 of 4 th of May by the Council of the Regional Government of the Principality of Asturias approved and defined the Statutes for the Organization and Functioning of SERIDA. This entity is organized into the following main bodies : the Governing Council, the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Managing Director. Likewise, as a consulting body providing technical advice, participation and support for the agriculture and food sector, SERIDA has a Regional Council for Agri-food Development in which the following participate: six representatives from agricultural, livestock and agri-food sector associations, the University of Oviedo (one representative designated by the Rector), three outstanding scientific personalities from the sphere of agri-food sciences or technology, four representatives from the General Council of the Principality, three members from the entity's technical personnel, one trade union representative, one representative from the Foundation for Applied Scientific Research and Technology (a collaborating institution of the Regional Government of the Principality of Asturias for the management of the Regional R&D Plan) and one representative from the Association of Cooperatives.