Fertilizers Europe (Fertilizers Europe), Belgium, established the EU Nitrogen Expert Panel in 2014. This panel is an independent group of leading scientists, industry representatives, practitioners, and governmental policy officers (total of 15-20 persons). The general objective of the Expert Panel is to contribute to improving NUE in food systems in Europe, through (i) communicating a vision and strategies on how to improve NUE in food systems in Europe; (ii) generating new ideas, and recommending effective proposals and solutions; and by (iii) acting as referee in controversial issues, and by communicating as authority. The first mandate of the EU N Expert Panel is to prepare a well‐elaborated proposal for ‘nitrogen use efficiency’ in food systems in Europe, to be used as indicator by policy and practice. More mandates contributing to better and more sustainable use of nitrogen will be defined with time to come.