The FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants, acts within ESCORENA (European System of Networks in Agriculture) since 1989; first acted the status of an ad Hoc Research Group on Flax.

At present, the whole Network brings together 355 experts from 51 countries in the fields of research, economics, marketing and industry. Member countries are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, and the USA.

ESCORENA promotes research cooperation, exchange of information and transfer of know-how and methodology advances, with clear sustainable development and socio-economic implications.