EAC's Special working groups are set up to discuss specific issues (in co-operation with other relevant bodies and programmes as appropriate) to inform the development of policy, and to progress the aims and objectives of EAC.
To maintain maximum flexibility, it is intended that the groups will have a finite existence related to their objectives. Each group will have clearly defined timetables and a set of objectives which will lead to the preparation of draft guidance, information, standards, or policy papers for consideration by the EAC Consilium.
The number of special working groups in existence at any one time should remain flexible to reflect the needs of the membership and the available resources required to service their needs. Having defined a particular problem, each working group will create an action plan to identify the key issues and to define what needs to be done at European level to ensure the better management of those components of the archaeological resource under consideration.
Each group should then go on to formulate proposals to address these issues, which (after ratification by the Consilium) can then be taken forward by the EAC Board and the relevant national agencies.