updated: 29 May 2017


The Ministerial Council is the highest decision making body of the Energy Community. It convenes once a year. 



The key task of the Ministerial Council is to ensure that the objectives set out in the Treaty establishing the Energy Community are attained. According to the Treaty, the ministers:


  • provide general policy guidelines;
  • take Measures;
  • adopt Procedural Acts.  

In concrete terms, the ministers can, inter alia, decide to extend the acquis, adapt the existing acquis or establish a new institution or working group. It is also the Ministerial Council that decides on the accession to the Energy Community, be it for Observer or Contracting Party status. The Council also approves the Secretariat's budget and work programme.


The Treaty also defines the reporting obligations of the Ministerial Council. Once a year, the Ministerial Council submits a report on the activities of the Energy Community to the European Parliament and to the Parliaments of the Contracting Parties and the Participants.

 Role - Title V Chapter I of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community
 Consolidated Internal Rules of Procedures of the Ministerial Council




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.






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. 


 Ministerial Council meetings




Whilst the Ministers-page displays the present members of the Energy Community Ministerial Council, the thereof following page lists the secondary legislation enacted by the Ministerial Council.