The Ministerial Council consists of one representative of each Contracting Party and two representatives of the European Union. One non-voting representative of each Participant may take part in its meetings.
The Contracting Parties are usually represented by the minister responsible for energy. The European Commissioner for Energy and a high-level representative of the Presidency of the European Union represent the European Union.
The Presidency of the Council is held in turn by each Contracting Party for a period of 12 months. It can convene the Ministerial Council in a place of its choice. Generally this has been the capital of the country holding the Presidency. For the period from 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017, Kosovo* holds the Presidency in Office and chairs the institutional meetings.
DECISION MAKING PROCESS
Measures adopted may take the form of a Decision or a Recommendation. A Decision is legally binding in its entirety upon those to whom it is addressed. A Recommendation has no binding force. However, Parties shall use their best endeavours to carry out the Recommendation.
In the Energy Community, each party has one vote. Whilst decisions are generally taken by consensus, the majority required to adopt a proposal depends on the Treaty base under which the measure was proposed.