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Council of the 
 
 

 European Union 
   
 
Brussels, 3 June 2021 
(OR. en) 
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INST 209 
 
'I' ITEM NOTE 
From: 
Presidency 
To: 
Permanent Representatives Committee (Part 2) 
Subject: 
Mandates of Council preparatory bodies 
Approval 
 
 
I. INTRODUCTION 
1.  In June 2019 the European Council approved a new strategic agenda for 2019-2024 wherein 
it is stated that "each institution should revisit its working methods and reflect on the best 
way to fulfil its role under the Treaties." 
 
2.  This launched a reflection process at the level of the Permanent Representatives Committee 
in the second half of 2019.  
 
3.  As regards Council preparatory bodies, in September 2019, the Permanent Representatives 
Committee tasked the Antici and Mertens Groups to come up with an assessment and 
possible proposals for review. On this basis, an issues paper regarding Council preparatory 
bodies was to be presented by the Presidency. The outcome of these discussions was 
discussed in the Permanent Representatives Committee in December 2019. 
 
 
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4.  Building on the work done by previous Presidencies, technical analysis provided by the 
GSC and extensive consultations, the Presidency prepared a list of the preparatory bodies 
(5754/2/21 REV 2). 
 
5.  In February 2021, the Permanent Representatives Committee approved, in accordance with 
Article 19(3) of the Council's Rules of Procedure, the above-mentioned list of the 
preparatory bodies and took note that the list should be applied as from 1 July 2021. 
 
6.  The Permanent Representatives Committee tasked the Antici and Mertens Groups to 
coordinate the establishment of mandates of 23 new working groups. 
 
7.  In April 2021, the relevant working groups have been consulted on the proposed mandates. 
Subsequently, the Antici and Mertens Groups prepared the approval of the mandates by the 
Permanent Representatives Committee. 
 
8.  The approval of the mandate of the Working Party "E-justice" requires a consequential 
modification of the Council Decision 2009/908/EU laying down measures for the 
implementation of the European Council Decision on the exercise of the Presidency of the 
Council, and on the chairmanship of preparatory bodies of the Council. The text of the 
modification of that Council Decision is set out in the Annex II to this Note.  
II. CONCLUSION 
9.  In light of above, the Permanent Representatives Committee is invited to:  
  approve the 23 mandates as set out in the Annex I to this note; 
  to confirm its agreement on and the transmission to the Council of the text of 
the Council Decision amending Council Decision 2009/908/EU laying down 
measures for the implementation of the European Council Decision on the 
exercise of the Presidency of the Council, and on the chairmanship of 
preparatory bodies of the Council, as set out in the Annex II to this note, subject 
to its revision by lawyers linguists. 
 
 
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ANNEX I 
Mandates of the following Working Parties 
 
Trade Policy Committee 
Code 
A.4 
Council 
The Trade Policy Committee operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☒  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Trade Policy Committee (TPC) has the following subgroups: 
subgroups 
- Full Members 
(if applicable) 
- Deputies 
- Experts Services and Investment 
- Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) 
Policy areas 
The TPC is a Committee established by the Treaties and working under 
the authority of Coreper5. Its mandate is set out in Article 207(3) third 
subparagraph of the TFEU: "The Commission shall conduct […] 
negotiations [of tariff and trade agreements relating to trade in goods and 
services, and the commercial aspects of intellectual property, foreign 
direct investment] in consultation with a special committee appointed by 
the Council to assist the Commission in this task and within the 
framework of [
negotiating] directives as the Council may issue to it. The 
Commission shall report regularly to the special committee and to the 
European Parliament on the progress of negotiations
". 
On this basis, the Committee advises and assists the Commission in 
negotiating agreements with third countries or in international 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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organisations in the area of the common commercial policy as the 
primary responsible working party, without prejudice to the mandates of 
other working parties.  
 
It also acts as one of the preparatory bodies in the decision-making 
process of the Council as regards EU trade policy. The Committee deals 
with trade policy matters in 3 main areas: 1) issues related to the World 
Trade Organization (WTO); 2) trade relations with one or more third 
countries and international organisations; and 3) any EU trade legislation 
as appropriate (without prejudice to the mandate of the Working Party on 
Trade Questions or other working parties). The Committee is the primary 
responsible working party to deal with the handling of trade disputes. 
 
The subgroup on Services and Investment is: 
- responsible for advice and assistance to the Commission in negotiating 
agreements with one or more third countries or international 
organisations in the fields of trade in services and investment; 
- in charge of legislation regarding measures defining the framework for 
implementing the common commercial policy in the area of services and 
investment. 
 
The GSP subgroup is responsible for:  
-  all issues and work related to the EU’s Generalised Scheme of 
Preferences (GSP), their legislation and implementing measures; 
-  the Generalised Schemes of Preferences of other WTO Members and 
the WTO enabling clause.  
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: (if applicable): 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
 
☒  legislative act(s): 
The TPC deals with both international trade agreements and negotiations, 
and legislative proposals under the ordinary legislative procedure 
defining the framework for implementing the common commercial 
policy. 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
The Commission conducts trade and investment negotiations in 
consultation with the TPC. The TPC is responsible for preparing the 
signature and conclusion of trade and investment agreements by the 
Council. 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
 
The TPC is also consulted during the negotiations and conclusion of 
agreements in international organisations such as the WTO or 
UNCITRAL. It also follows the trade aspects of organisations such as the 
 
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OECD and UNCTAD, as well as of the G7 and G20. 
 
The GSP subgroup deals with the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 
the EU, of other WTO Members and with the WTO enabling clause. It 
also follows issues in relation to the Generalised System of Preferences 
dealt with in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the 
Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA). 
  policy document(s): 
Commission Communications on Trade & Investment and Council 
conclusions on Trade & Investment 
☐  other: 
 
  
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
 
  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 25/03/1957 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The change of name from "Article 133 Committee" to the "Trade 
Policy Committee" was approved by Coreper in December 2009 
(16864/09). The addition of Investment to the TPC Services and 
Investment was approved by Coreper in January 2010 (5662/10).  
  
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The Trade Policy Committee is closely linked with the Working 
Party on Trade Questions (C.27), given that both cover the 
common commercial policy. The Working Party on Trade 
Questions focuses on the legislative files and trade defence 
whereas the Trade Policy Committee deals with international 
negotiations and broader trade policy. 
 
 
 
 
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Working Party on External Aspects of Asylum and Migration (EMWP) 
Code 
B.3 
Council 
The Working Party on External Aspects of Asylum and Migration 
configuration 
(EMWP) operates under: 
☒  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
n/a 
subgroups 
(if applicable) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party on External Aspects 
of Asylum and Migration is responsible for: 
 
-  Discussing measures aimed at developing/sustaining a 
comprehensive, tailor-made and mutually beneficial EU approach 
towards countries and regions of origin and transit of asylum-seekers 
and migrants, as well as third countries of reception of refugees, 
without geographical limitation; 
 
-  Based on an assessment of the migration situation and trends, 
providing guidance concerning possible initiatives and measures 
aimed at strengthening the external dimension of the EU asylum and 
migration policy and improving cooperation with third countries in 
the field of migration, in order to mobilise coherently and timely all 
European instruments, including financial instruments; 
 
-  Discussing ways to enhance coherence of Member States’ and EU 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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actions, including through EU and Member States’ joint activities and 
facilitating information exchange to increase coordination between 
Member States; 
 
-  Discussing, assessing and providing guidance in the field of  the EU's 
cooperation with third partners, with a view to taking concrete 
decisions on the way forward, in relation to: 
 
 
  The establishment of specific initiatives towards third countries 
and geographic regions, including inviting the Commission and 
the EEAS to propose new joint initiatives, including Action Plans, 
Partnerships, Dialogues, Strategies or Roadmaps. The EMWP will 
also monitor and assess such existing initiatives; 
 
  The establishment of EU positions and "lines to take" for existing 
dialogues on migration with third partners, including proposing 
concrete measures to improve the cooperation of third countries 
on matters of particular relevance for the EU's migration policy; 
 
  The setting of priorities for the EU's engagement in joint 
initiatives under regional dialogues or in international 
organisations, including non-legally binding instruments, as well 
as the subsequent follow-up of the outcomes of such initiatives;  
 
  The regular preparation of specific initiatives towards third 
countries, including official visits, by the Commission, EEAS and 
EU agencies. The EMWP may invite the Commission, EEAS and 
EU agencies to take certain measures as follow-up;  
 
  The setting of strategic priorities of the EU's financial instruments 
in the areas relevant for the external asylum and migration policy. 
The regular discussion and information on existing financial 
instruments to implement the relevant dialogues with third 
partners. The EMWP may be called upon to also discuss and 
propose solutions to financial gaps. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☐  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☐  legislative act(s): 
☐  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
-  Documents of migration dialogue processes with third countries, 
to be validated by Coreper/Council; 
-  Migration related documents of international organisations. 
 
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☒  policy document(s): 
-  Council conclusions;  
-  
Commission/EEAS communications, action plans, strategies; 
-  Lines to take and framework documents. 
☐  other: 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 8/12/1998 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The mandate of the High Level Working Group and Asylum and 
Migration (HLWG) was last updated on 3 June 2002 (9433/02). 
 

-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
n/a 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
-  The Working Party on External Aspects of Asylum and Migration 
will perform its tasks in close coordination and avoiding 
duplication with other Council preparatory bodies, in particular 
the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum 
(E.01 – mandate 6166/2/99 REV 2); the Working Party on 
Integration, Migration and Expulsion (E.2 – mandate 10684/93); 
and the Visa Working Party (E.03). Close coordination with the 
regional Working Parties, as well as other Working Parties 
dealing with the external asylum and migration financing, and 
international development cooperation. 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Structural Measures and Outermost Regions (SMOR) 
Code 
B.5 
Council 
The Working Party  on Structural Measures and Outermost Regions 
configuration 
operates under: 
☒  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Structural Measures and Outermost Regions has  
subgroups 
the following sub-areas:  
 
 
-  Structural Measures (SM)   
-  Outermost Regions (OR) 
-  Macro-regional strategies (MRS) 
 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for 
issues concerning the development and conduct of cohesion policy in line 
with Article 174 TFEU and aimed at strengthening the Union's economic, 
social and territorial cohesion as well as European territorial cooperation.  
 
These include:  
-  issues related to Structural Funds (pursuant to Articles 175  and 
176 TFEU), to the Cohesion Fund (pursuant to Article 177 TFEU) 
and to the establishment of the ESF+ (pursuant to Article 162 
TFEU);   
 
-  any issues related to Article 178 TFEU, which constitutes the 
legal basis to adopt implementing regulations for the ERDF, the 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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cohesion policy fund supporting the European territorial 
cooperation goal (Interreg); 
 
-  issues related to the Union solidarity instrument for providing 
financial assistance to MS due to major natural disasters and 
public health emergencies (EU Solidarity Fund) and excluding its 
budgetary mobilisation; 
 
-  other issues concerning common provisions and the overarching 
financial rules governing the EU shared-management funds in line 
with article 177 TFEU;  
 
-  measures for certain regions in the European Union - namely the 
European Union outermost regions referred to in Article 355 (1) 
TFEU. In accordance with Article 349 of the TFEU, this working 
party deals with specific measures aimed at laying down the 
conditions of application of the Treaties and the European policies 
to these regions in order to address the major challenges they face 
due to their remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography 
and climate, and economic dependence on a reduced number of 
products. These measures concern areas such as customs and 
trade policies, fiscal policy, free zones, agriculture, fisheries 
policies, conditions for supply of raw materials and essential 
consumer goods, state aids and conditions of access to structural 
funds and to horizontal Union programmes; 
 
-  all issues regarding macro-regional strategies. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
  
☒  legislative act(s): 
 
-  structural measures (SM): 
Legislative work includes: 
a) the Common Provisions Regulation and the overarching 
financial rules governing EU shared-management programmes;  
b) the cohesion policy package and related fund-specific 
regulations (ERDF/Cohesion Fund, ESF+, JTF, Interreg); 
c) other legislative and policy instruments (e.g. European 
Solidarity Fund);  
 
-  Outermost Regions (OR): legislative proposals concerning special 
measures to address the handicaps of the outermost regions 
recognised in  Article 349 TFEU; 
 
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☐  other Union legal acts: 
 
 
  external documents or instruments: 
 
 
  policy document(s): 
-  Council conclusions in its field of competence; 
 
☒  other: 
-  for instance: Special Reports by the European Court of Auditors  
on cohesion policy and related funds; 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
 
 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment:   
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The Working Party on Structural Measures and Outermost 
Regions is the result of merging three Council preparatory bodies: 
Structural Measures WP, Outermost Regions WP and FoP group 
on Macro-regional strategies:                                                                                                   
- The Structural Measures WP held its first meeting in March 
1993 and took over the work of the ad-hoc working party on the 
Structural Funds that was in place since the late eighties.                                              
- The Outermost Regions WP held its first meeting in 2000, 
following the work of the former ad hoc working party on the 
Outermost Regions.                                                                                                                        
- Macro-regional strategies: with the launch of the EU Strategy 
for the Baltic Sea Region in 2009, a Friends of the Presidency 
Group on the Baltic Sea was convened for the first time during the 
Swedish Presidency in 2009. With the multiplication of macro-
regional strategies (the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in 
2011, the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region in 2014 
and the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region in 2015), in July 2011 
Coreper considered appropriate to reactivate the FoP on macro-
regional strategies every time there was a need to examine the 
documents issued by the Commission on the different macro-
regional strategies.  
 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The SMOR WP will have close links with the Working Parties 
 
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dealing with issues concerning ESF(+) (Working Party on Social 
Questions - I.1), EMFAF (Working Party on Fisheries Policy - 
F.25), AMIF, ISF and BMVI (JHA Counsellors - A.18).         
 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Maritime Issues 
Code 
B.27 
Council 
The Working Party on Maritime Issues  operates under: 
configuration 
☒  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Maritime Issues has the following subgroups: 
subgroups 
-  Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) 
(if applicable) 
-  European Union Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  all horizontal issues concerning the Integrated Maritime Policy 
(IMP)6; 
-  all horizontal issues concerning the European Union Maritime 
Security Strategy (EUMSS and its revised action plan ). 
 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
 
☒  legislative act(s): 
   
☒  other Union legal acts: 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
6 Cf. Proposal for a Regulation on the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, Art 1(9) 
 
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establishment of EU positions in international fora under Article 218(9) 
TFEU  
  external documents or instruments: 
examination and discussion of non-binding instruments with third 
countries and international organisations, preparation of 
international negotiations, preparation of meetings in international 
fora, such as the UN, preparation of EU positions in international 
fora other than those under Article 218(9) TFEU 
 

  policy document(s): 
preparation of Council conclusions 
☐  other: 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
 
  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 01/07/2021 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The working party inherits the work of two Friends of the 
Presidency groups, Integrated Maritime Policy activated in July 
2006 (11748/06) and EU Maritime Security Strategy, activated in 
2014 (1913/14) . 
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
 n/a 
-   If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
Working Party on Structural Measures and Outermost Regions (B.5); 
Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues (B.23), Horizontal 
Working Party on Enhancing Resilience and Countering Hybrid 
Threats (B.26), Working Party on the Law of the Sea (C.3), Politico-
Military Group (C.25). Working Party on Shipping (H.2), Working 
Party on Transport - Intermodal Questions and Networks (H.4); 
Working Party on Energy (H.7), Working Party of Fisheries (F.25), 
Working Party on International Environment Issues (J.2), Working 
Party on the Environment (J.1), Working Party on Research (G.13). 
The Working Party on Maritime Issues may deal with classified 
information when discussing maritime security and defence aspects.   
 

 
 
 
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Working Party on Non-Proliferation and Arms Exports 
Code 
C.20 
Council 
The Working Party on Non-Proliferation and Arms Exports operates 
configuration 
under: 
☐  General affairs 
☒  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Non-Proliferation and Arms Export has the 
subgroups 
following subgroups: 
(if applicable) 
- Non-proliferation and disarmament (CONOP) 
- Conventional arms exports (COARM) 
 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
Dealing with EU work in the areas of non-proliferation, global 
disarmament and arms control, as well as arms export control 
 
Under CONOP, the Working Party is responsible for the preparation 
and coordination of EU action relating to: 
-  non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and 
their means of delivery, 
-  conventional arms control and disarmament at a global level; and 
-  CFSP aspects relevant for outer space. 
As regards the Union's restrictive measures against the proliferation 
and use of chemical weapons, the WP under CONOP is responsible 
for:  
-  recommendations for listing and de-listing natural or legal 
persons, entities or bodies and regularly reviewing the listings, in 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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accordance with the designation criteria set out in the Council 
Decision and Regulation concerning restrictive measures against 
the proliferation and the use of chemical weapons;  
-  assessing the impact and functioning of the Council Decision and 
Regulation and suggesting, as appropriate, possible improvements 
(12830/18); 
 
Under COARM, the WP is responsible for the preparation and 
coordination of EU action relating to issues on the control of exports of 
conventional arms. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: (if applicable): 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☐  legislative act(s): 
 ☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council Decisions in the field of non-proliferation,  global disarmament 
and arms control, as well as arms export control and related activities 
  external documents or instruments: 
 ☒  policy document(s): 
such as Council conclusions, EU Strategy on Weapons of Mass 
Destruction, EU strategy against illicit firearms, small arms and light 
weapons and their ammunition (SALW), EU Statements, EU lines to 
take, EU joint replies to UNGA Resolutions, EU demarches; 
☒  other: 
EU Common Military List updates, Annual Report on Arms exports, 
Annual Progress Report on implementation of EU Strategy on Weapons 
of Mass Destruction. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☐  the six-monthly Presidency 
☒  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment:   
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
October 2018 (12830/18) - last mandate update for CONOP  
(establishment of CONOP: 21.12.1995 (10939/95)), establishment 
of CODUN: first known meeting on 18.11.1994, establishment of 
COARM: 29.12.1994 (SN 1230/95) 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
- Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party (C.1), regarding legal 
acts; 
 
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- Working Party on Dual Use Goods (C.23), in area of export 
controls;  
- Relevant geographical Council WPs notably regarding restrictive 
measures;  
- Working Party on Space (G.22) in area of outer space.  
The Working Party can meet in a secured environment and can deal 
with classified information up to EU SECRET level.   
 

 
 
 
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Working Party on Trade Questions 
Code 
C.27 
Council 
The Working Party  on Trade Questions operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☒  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
n/a 
subgroups 
  
(if applicable) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  trade-related legislation and measures defining the framework for 
implementing the common commercial policy.  
-  monitoring of market economy status (MES) and market economy 
treatment (MET) of non-EU countries in the context of trade 
defence; 
-  discussing the state of play of EU litigation in trade defence 
investigations; 
-  monitoring of trade defence measures in force and of ongoing 
investigations launched by non-EU countries against the EU or 
certain EU member states; 
-  monitoring of activities of the hearing officer in charge of 
ensuring fair trade proceedings; 
-  discussing the state of play of World Trade Organization (WTO) 
settlement disputes related to trade defence instruments;  
-  dealing with trade matters related to the textiles/clothing,  steel 
and other industrial sectors. 
  
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☐  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
 
☒  legislative act(s): 
The Working Party on Trade Questions deals with a variety of legislative 
files in the area of the common commercial policy, both at the stage of 
the negotiations on the legislative files and in the monitoring during the 
implementation phase of the file. 
☐  other Union legal acts: 
 
 
  external documents or instruments: 
The Working Party on Trade Questions also discusses the state of play of 
World Trade Organization settlement of disputes related to trade defence 
instruments and monitors the market economy status and market 
economy treatment of non-EU countries. 
  policy document(s): 
 
 
☒  other: 
The Working Party on Trade Questions monitors the activities of the 
Hearing Officer in charge of ensuring fair trade proceedings. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
 
 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 22/06/1960 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The original mandate of the Working Party was established in 22 
June 1960 by Coreper and is included in 405/60. No update has 
been issued. The Trade Policy Committee (steel, textiles and other 
industrial sectors), which is being merged with the Working Party 
on Trade Questions, was created in 2008 as a result of a merger of 
the Article 133 Committee (Textiles) and of the Article 133 
Committee (Steel), and its mandate is set out in 15373/08 + COR 
1. 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:   
-  
If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The Working Party on Trade Questions is closely linked with the 
 
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Trade Policy Committee (A.4), given that both cover the common 
commercial policy. The Working Party on Trade Questions focuses 
on the legislative files and trade defence whereas the Trade Policy 
Committee deals with international negotiations and broader trade 
policy.  
 

 
 
 
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Working Party on Development Cooperation and International Partnerships (CODEV-PI) 
Code 
C30 
Council 
The Working Party on development cooperation and international 
configuration 
partnerships operates under: 
☐  General affairs 
☒  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
-  Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation 
subgroups 
Instrument (NDICI) – Global Europe 
 
-  Preparation of international development conferences 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  discussing the policy principles, objectives and modalities of the 
EU's action in regard to development cooperation and certain 
aspects of EU cooperation with third countries, in accordance 
with articles 208 to 211 as well as article 212 of the TFEU; 
-  In the framework of the Union's development cooperation policy, 
preparing Council strategic guidance, examining and monitoring 
in particular the following objectives and issues: 
  foster the sustainable economic, social and environmental 
development of developing countries, with the primary aim of 
eradicating poverty; 
  the coordination of development policies of the EU and of the 
Member States as well as possible joint actions; 
  the commitments taken and the objectives approved by the EU 
and its Member States in international fora; 
  measures necessary for the implementation of the EU´s 
development cooperation policy. 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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The subgroup on NDICI-Global Europe is responsible inter alia 
for regularly exchanging views and following-up on all matters 
referred to in the statement by the Council on governance with 
respect to NDICI -Global Europe6, with a view to informing the 
strategic guidance by the Council with regard to principal policy 
objectives and priorities of the instrument: 
-  the overall strategic choices for the programming, including the 
allocation of funding of the geographic and thematic pillars of the 
instrument, as well as for the use of the rapid response pillar and 
the mobilisation of the emerging challenges and priorities 
cushion; 
-  the monitoring of the optimal use of resources in relation to the 
spending targets, the suspension of EU external assistance under 
the instrument, as well as the results of geographic and thematic 
evaluations; 
-  the  use  of  Union  funding  to  meet  the  objectives  set  out  in  the 
instrument. 
 
The subgroup on NDICI-Global Europe also deals with other matters 
related to the above, such as draft delegated acts, etc.  
 
The subgroup on the preparation of international development 
conferences is responsible for: 
-  Exchanging information, as necessary, on the participation of the 
EU and preparation of EU positions for international development 
conferences such as the UN-HABITAT Assembly and UNCTAD 
Conferences. 
 
 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☐  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☒  legislative act(s): 
Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument 
(NDICI-Global Europe) Regulation 
☐  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
UN-HABITAT; UNCTAD 
  policy document(s): 
Commission communications, joint Commission/High Representative 
                                                 
6 
ST 6899/21 ADD1, paragraphs 2 to 4. Note: NDICI is not yet adopted: the reference should 
be updated with a reference to the final (approved) document. 
 
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communications, action plans, reports; Council conclusions. 
☒  other: 
Follow-up to Court of Auditors special reports. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 30/11/1972 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
This is the first revision of the original mandate. The main new 
elements as compared to the initial mandate are the addition of issues 
relating to the governance of the NDICI-Global Europe and issues 
previously covered by the WP on the preparation of international 
development conferences (formerly C31).  
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
The elements of the mandate relating to sub-group NDICI-Global 
Europe  may need reviewing at the end of the 2021-2027 Multiannual 
Financial Framework (MFF). 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
Coherence, consistency and complementarity with the work of other 
working parties in charge of geographical or thematic aspects of 
development cooperation or international partnerships, should be 
encouraged through regular exchanges of information. 
 
Where relevant and necessary, the Working Party may focus 
discussions on a certain geographical area or specific theme, in 
particular when exchanging views and following-up on the overall 
strategic choices for the programming, including the allocation of 
funding of the geographic and thematic pillars of the NDICI, as well 
as on the use of the rapid response action pillars and the mobilisation 
of the emerging challenges and priorities cushion. 
 
 
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Working Party on Financial Services and the Banking Union 
Code 
D.3 
Council 
The Working Party on Financial Services and the Banking Union 
configuration 
operates under: 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☒  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Financial Services and the Banking Union has the 
subgroups 
following subgroups:  
(if applicable) 
- Financial Services 
- Banking Union  
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
In particular, legislative files in the remit of financial services, including 
in the areas of the banking union and capital markets union. 
 
The “Banking Union” subgroup covers: 
  the Commission proposal of 24 November 2015 to establish a 
European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) (14649/15), and 
  the communication "Towards the completion of the Banking Union" 
(14650/15), 
  and other related measures.  
 
The “Financial Services” subgroup covers all other measures falling 
under the above-mentioned policy areas.  
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: (if applicable): 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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☐  Policy preparation 
☒  legislative act(s): 
financial services, including in the areas of the banking union and capital 
markets union. 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
financial services, including in the areas of the banking union and capital 
markets union. 
  external documents or instruments: 
  
  policy document(s): 
  
☐  other: 
  
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment:   
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
This group results from the merger of the Working Party on 
Financial Services (D.3) with the Ad Hoc Working Party on the 
Strengthening of the Banking Union (D.14). The merged D.3 is a 
long-standing group, previously called Economic Questions 
Working Party on Financial Services (13174/99). D.14 was 
established by COREPER on 13 January 2016 (5006/16). 
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
The subgroup "Banking Union" will expire once the themes under 
its scope, and in particular the Commission proposal to establish a 
European Deposit Insurance Scheme, have been adequately 
addressed. 
  
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The Working Party on Financial Services and the Banking Union 
is related to the Counsellors/Attachés (financial services) (A.18), 
in that the former is typically composed of the members of the 
latter plus the respective national experts. D.3 is also related to the 
Financial Services Committee ("FSC") (A.12), because the FSC 
discusses many future OLP and other proposals that will fall 
within the remit of D.3 after receipt of the Commission's formal 
proposal. 
 
 
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Working Party on Tax Questions 
Code 
D.4 
Council 
The Working Party  on Tax Questions operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☒  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Tax Questions has the following subgroups:  
subgroups 
-  High Level 
 
-  Indirect Taxation 
-  Direct Taxation 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
 
Taxation files in the EU context.  
 
The responsibilities of the subgroups cover:  
 
High Level: 
  discussion of general EU and international tax policy issues; 
  contributing to discussions on tax issues with third countries and 
with international organisations such as the OECD; 
  horizontal coordination in the field of taxation and ensuring 
coherent handling of legislative and non-legislative activities;   
  preparation and implementation at experts’ level of ECOFIN 
orientations and decisions; 
  monitoring and assessing all dossiers discussed in the Working 
Party on Tax Questions and reporting to ECOFIN on progress 
made. 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Indirect Taxation: 
  value-added tax (VAT); 
  excise duties; 
  energy taxation; 
  financial transaction tax; 
  administrative cooperation; 
  other indirect taxation matters. 
 
Direct Taxation 
  corporate taxation; 
  administrative cooperation; 
  other direct taxation matters. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☒  legislative act(s): 
-  legislation pertaining to the tax policy field 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
-  preparation and monitoring of multilateral negotiations on tax 
policy, both in the EU context and in the international context 
☒  policy document(s): 
-  biannual ECOFIN reports to the European Council on tax issues 
-  
Council conclusions on tax policy 
☒  other: 
e.g. European Court of Auditors’ reports 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 22/06/2001 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The High Level subgroup was previously known (until 30.6.2021) as 
the High Level Working Party on Taxation, set up on 22 June 2001 
by a decision of Coreper (9963/01).  
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
Link with the Code of Conduct Group (covering 
 
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subgroups, and with the (Fiscal) Counsellors/Attachés (A.18). 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Customs Union 
Code 
D15 
Council 
The Working Party on Customs Union operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☒  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Customs Union has the following subgroup: 
subgroups 
-  Directors General of Customs 
 
 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  legislative and non-legislative activities related to the Customs 
Union;.  
-  the preparation of EU external action in the customs area at 
bilateral and multilateral level; 
-  evaluation of the governance of the Customs Union and the 
coherence of the relevant activities; 
-  examining the implementation of actions of horizontal importance 
and their coherence with relevant Council conclusions; 
-  preparatory work for the meetings of the subgroup of Directors 
General of Customs. 
  
The subgroup of Directors General of Customs is entrusted with: 
 
-  providing horizontal overview or guidance at their level on 
strategic customs policy issues in the Council, including 
legislative and non-legislative activities related to the Customs 
Union, customs cooperation, and cooperation of customs 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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authorities with other authorities and agencies or in the context of 
international organisations; 
-  providing strategic guidance at their level on the implementation 
of actions of horizontal importance and evaluating their coherence 
with relevant Council conclusions;   
-  providing guidance at their level on governance of the Customs 
Union and evaluating coherence of the relevant activities. 
 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: (if applicable): 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
 
☒  legislative act(s): 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
  policy document(s): 
☒  other:  e.g. follow-up to reports of the Court of Auditors in the 
Customs Union area. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment:  
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The Directors General of Customs subgroup was previously known 
as the High Level Working Party of Directors General for Customs, 
established in 2016. The latter’s terms of reference are set out in 
14649/16 and the latest update of the tasks is in the Council 
conclusions set out in 13831/20. 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The Working Party on Customs Union has links with the Law 
Enforcement Working Party (covering customs cooperation aspects 
falling under Justice and Home Affairs). 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters (COPEN) 
Code 
E.14 
Council 
The Working Party on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters operates 
configuration 
under: 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☒  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
n/a 
subgroups 
(if applicable) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
All legislative and non-legislative activities in the field of EU criminal 
law, in particular criminal law issues referred to in Chapter 4, Title 5, Part 
Three TFEU. The relevant areas include the following:   
-  judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including mutual 
recognition instruments;  
-  procedural criminal law; 
-  substantive criminal law; 
-  cross-border collection of and use of electronic evidence in 
criminal proceedings, including the issue of data retention; 
-  development and functioning of the European Public Prosecutors 
Office; 
-  development and functioning of Eurojust and of the European 
Judicial Network in criminal matters (EJN); 
-  guidance on judicial training; 
-  reports and other issues relating to mutual evaluations, where 
appropriate in liaison with other Working Parties. 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☐  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☒  legislative act(s): 
The Working Party deals with proposals for legislative acts related to the 
areas mentioned above.  
 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
The Working Party deals with other proposals for legal acts, such as 
Council decisions, including on the opening of negotiations for 
agreements with third countries in the field of criminal law. 
 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
The Working Party carries out various work in the field of the relations 
between the EU and third states or international organisations, such as the 
preparation of positions to be taken by the EU (and its Member States) in 
relation to texts to be adopted in international fora (e.g. for a 
declaration/political document for UN or Council of Europe level), and 
discussing and providing guidance on concrete initiatives on judicial 
cooperation with third countries in the context of the preparation of and 
follow up to external dialogues. 
 
  policy document(s): 
The Working Party prepares policy documents, such as Council or 
Presidency conclusions and Presidency reports in various fields. 
 
☒  other: 
The Working Party is also a forum to discuss relevant case-law of the 
Court of Justice of the European Union, the implementation and the 
application of adopted legislative acts, and reports drafted by agencies 
and external bodies in the field of criminal law. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 15/03/1999 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The mandate of the COPEN Working Party was enlarged following 
the merger with the Working Party on Substantive Criminal law 
(DROIPEN) in 2021. The mandate also takes into account the 
abolishment of the GENVAL Working Party. 
 

 
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If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The COPEN Working Party cooperates with other Working Parties 
when the issues overlap. This can include the Working Party on 
Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights and Free Movement of Persons 
(FREMP) (E.22), the Working Party on e-Justice (E.31) (in particular 
on digitalisation of justice), and the Law Enforcement Working Party 
(E.26) (in particular on the relation between Europol and Eurojust, on 
access to data for law enforcement purposes, or on issues related to 
mutual evaluation exercises). It can also include Working Parties 
competent for a policy sector submitted to approximation of 
substantive criminal law. The Working Party also prepares files that 
are submitted to other Working Parties/bodies, such as the 
Coordinating Committee in the area of police and judicial 
cooperation in criminal matters (CATS), with which it works in close 
harmonisation. In the framework of its activities, the COPEN 
Working Party may benefit, where relevant, from the expertise of 
bodies such as Eurojust, the EJN, eu-LISA6 and the EU Agency for 
Fundamental Rights (FRA).  
 
 
                                                 
6 
The EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of 
Freedom, Security and Justice 
 
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Law Enforcement Working Party 
Code 
E.26 
Council 
The Law Enforcement Working Party operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☒  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Law Enforcement Working Party has the following subgroups: 
subgroups 
 
(if applicable) 
E.26.A Law Enforcement Working Party (Police) 
E.26.B Law Enforcement Working Party (Customs) 
 
The Working Party can also meet in joint format (police and customs), 
where the Presidency so decides.  
 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  legislative and non-legislative activities in the area of cooperation 
involving police, customs and other relevant authorities, with 
respect to the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes 
and other unlawful activities; 
-  legislative and non-legislative activities related to relevant EU 
bodies, offices or agencies, in particular Europol and CEPOL. 
 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following:  
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☒  legislative act(s): 
Police and customs cooperation, in particular on the basis of Articles 87 
and 88 TFEU.  
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council Decisions on appointments in relevant EU bodies, offices or 
agencies, in particular active in the area of law enforcement, in particular 
Europol and CEPOL, mandates for negotiations on Europol's cooperation 
agreements with third countries etc. 
  external documents or instruments: 
International agreements in the area of police and customs cooperation 
  policy document(s): 
Council Conclusions, Resolutions, Strategies and Declarations in the area 
of police and customs cooperation, Joint Customs Operations (JCO) 
Guides, Action Plans etc. 
☒  other: 
e.g. situation awareness papers, threat assessments/risk analysis, 
guidelines, handbooks, networks and expert groups linked to the police 
and customs cooperation 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 1/07/2021 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Establishment of the CCWP in 1993, establishment of the LEWP 
under this name on 16 December 2009 (17653/09) 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
   
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
Some aspects of operational police and customs cooperation, such 
as fight against organised crime within the EMPACT, are 
primarily coordinated in the Standing Committee on Operational 
Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) (A.6) and COSI support 
group.  
The internal market, customs union and some aspects of the 
customs cooperation could be addressed in the Working Party on 
Customs Union (D.15 ), including in the format of Director-
Generals of Customs. 
Some operational aspects linked to the dual use good, such as 
enforcement of dual use of export controls are primarily 
coordinated in the Working Party on Dual-Use Goods (C.23).  
 
 
 
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Working Party on e-Justice 
Code 
E.31 
Council 
The Working Party on e-Justice operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☒  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
n/a  
subgroups 
(if applicable) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for 
following up on the various EU initiatives in the field of the digitalisation 
of justice, including: 
-  the e-Justice strategy and Action Plan,  
-  
work on identifiers for legislation and case law, and  
-  
work on the e-Justice Portal, as well as the systems and websites 
(such as EUR-Lex and N-Lex) managed by the Publications 
Office of the European Union. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
                                                 
1 Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
4 Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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☒  legislative act(s): 
The Working Party deals with proposals for legislative acts related to e-
Justice.  
☒  other Union legal acts: 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
☒  policy document(s): 
The Working Party prepares policy documents, such as Council or 
Presidency conclusions, like the e-Justice strategy and Action Plan and 
Presidency reports. 
☒  other: 
Coordination of Member States' activities in the field of digitalisation of 
justice. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 1/07/2021 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The e-Justice WP replaces the e-Law WP whose mandate is set 
out in 16113/10 (creation of 3 sub-formations: e-Law, e-Justice, 
and joint e-Law and e-Justice).  Doc. 17653/09: transformation of 
the previous B.10 Working Party on Legal Data Processing (E-
justice and E-law) into the WP on E-Law, with the mandate, inter-
alia of implementing the action plan on e-justice.  
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
The WP on e-Justice will have regular cooperation with the Working 
Party on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters (COPEN) (E.14), 
and the Working Party on Civil Law Matters (E.7), and Working 
Party on Telecommunications and Information Society) (H.5) as the 
instruments developed within the framework of e-Justice will be used 
for the implementation of EU initiatives (for example, the Service of 
Documents/Taking of Evidence Regulations). 
 

 
 
 
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Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions 
Code 
F.3 
Council 
The Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party has the following sub-areas or subgroups: 
subgroups 
 
 
- High Level 
- Agriculture and Environment 
- Direct Payments 
- Rural Development 
- Outermost Regions and Aegean Islands 
- Promotion of Agricultural Products 
- Organic Farming 
- Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin 
- Simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
Issues related to the Common Agricultural Policy 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
                                                 
1 Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislative acts belonging to the above policy areas 
☐  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
  policy document(s): 
Policy documents belonging to the above policy areas 
☐  other: 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Merger of the High Level Group on Agriculture (F.1), the Working 
Party on Agricultural Structures and Rural Development (F.2), the 
Working Party on the Promotion of Agricultural Products (F.4), and 
certain subgroups of the Working Party on Foodstuff Quality (F.6). 
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 


If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
- Reports, in principle, to the Special Committee on Agriculture 
(A.8)6 
- Working Party on Financial Agricultural Questions (F.15) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18) 
 
 
                                                 
6  
The Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) was established by a decision of the Council 
of 20 July 1960. The Council confirmed its mandate as formulated in the decision of the 
representatives of the governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on 
12 May 1960 to prepare decisions of the Agriculture Council. 
 
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Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture 
Code 
F.5 
Council 
The Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture 
configuration 
operates under: 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture 
subgroups 
has the following sub-areas or groups: 
 
-  Genetic Resources 
-  Seeds, Propagating and Planting Materials 
-  Plant Breeders' Rights 
-  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and other innovations 
relevant to agriculture 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for 
issues related to: 
-  genetic resources for food and agriculture; coordination and 
preparation of EU positions for the FAO's Commission on 
Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) and the 
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and 
Agriculture (ITPGRFA); 
-  seeds, propagating and planting materials (quality aspects); 
production and marketing of plant reproductive material; 
recognition of equivalence of seed certification systems; 
-  plant breeders' rights; community plant variety rights; 
                                                 
Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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coordination and preparation of EU positions for the International 
Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV); 
-  genetically modified organisms (GMO) and new genomic 
techniques (NGT); other innovations in biotechnology relevant to 
agriculture. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
EU legislation in the above policy areas 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council decisions under Article 218(9) TFEU 
  external documents or instruments: 
EU positions for the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and 
Agriculture (CGRFA), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic 
Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the International 
Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) 
  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions in the above policy areas 
☒  other: 
Follow-up to reports of the Court of Auditors in the above policy areas 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely: 
 
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-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Merger of existing Working Party on Genetic Resources in 
Agriculture (F.5) with certain subgroups of the Working Party on 
Agricultural Questions (F.17), i.e. Seeds and Propagating Material, 
Plant Breeders' Rights, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties: 
- Working Party on International Food and Agriculture Questions 
(F.22) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18) 
- Working Party on Plant and Plant Health Questions (F.19) 
- Working Party of Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
- Working Party on the Environment (J.1) 
- Working Party on International Environment Issues (J.2) 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions 
Code 
F.19 
Council 
The Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions has the 
subgroups 
 
following sub-areas and subgroups: 
-  Chief Plant Health Officers 
-  Protection and Inspection 
-  Propagating and Planting Materials 
-  Roosendaal Group 
-  International Plant Protection Convention/Commission on 
Phytosanitary Measures (IPPC/CPM) Affairs 
-  Pesticides/Plant Protection Products  
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  All issues related to the following areas: plant health, 
pesticides/plant protection products and propagating and planting 
materials (plant health aspects) 
-  Phytosanitary questions related to the trade of plants and plant 
products 
-  Official controls, financial aspects and preparation of the EU’s 
positions for bilateral and multilateral international negotiations 
with regard to the above policy areas 
                                                 
Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislation related to the policy areas indicated above 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council decisions based on Article 218(9)TFEU 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
EU positions for discussions in related international organisations, in 
particular for the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) and 
EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization) 
activities 
  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions 
☒  other: 
Follow up to reports of the Court of Auditors regarding the above policy 
areas 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely: 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Merger of existing Working Party on Plant Health (F.19) with 
certain subgroups of the Working Party on Agricultural Questions 
(F.17), i.e. Harmful Organisms and Pesticides/Plant Protection 
Products, and with the Working Party of Chief Plant Health Officers 
(F.18).
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties: 
Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation In Agriculture 
(F.5) 
- Working Party on Animal and Veterinary Questions (F.21) 
 
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- Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
(F.22) 
- Working Party on Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
- Trade Policy Committee (A.4) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18) 
- Working Party on the Environment (J.1) 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions 
Code 
F.21 
Council 
The Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions has the 
subgroups 
following sub-areas or subgroups: 
- Chief Veterinary Officers 
- Public Health 
- Animal Health 
- Animal Welfare and Husbandry 
- Potsdam Group 
- Feed 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for 
issues related to: 
-  Animal health, including the prevention and control of animal 
diseases and zoonotic diseases; 
-  Animal welfare; 
-  Animal husbandry; 
-  Veterinary medicinal products; 
-  Antimicrobial resistance in connection to animal and food 
production; 
-  Food safety; 
-  Quality, safety and marketing of feed; 
-  Sanitary questions related to the trade of animals, products of 
                                                 
1 Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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animal origin and feed; 
-  With regard to the above policy areas, the responsibilities of the 
Working Party include official controls, financial aspects and 
preparation of the EU’s positions for bilateral and multilateral 
international negotiations. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislative acts belonging to the above policy areas 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council decisions under article 218(9) TFEU 
  external documents or instruments: 
EU positions for discussions in related international organisations, in 
particular the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the European 
Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) 
and the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary 
Animal Diseases (GF-TADS). 
  policy document(s): 
Preparation of Council conclusions 
☒  other: 
Follow up to reports of the Court of Auditors regarding the policy areas 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Merger of existing Working Parties of Chief Veterinary Officers 
(F.20), Veterinary Experts (F.21) and the subgroup 'Feedingstuffs' of 
the Working Party on Agricultural Questions (F.17). 
The mandate of the Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers 
(CVOs) was defined by Coreper in 2003 and its mandate (16069/03) 
is maintained. 
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
 
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-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
- Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
(F.22) 
- Working Party on Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
- Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions (F.19) 
- Working Party on Public Health (I.2) 
- Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (I.4) 
- Trade Policy Committee (A.4) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18) 
 
 
 
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Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
Code 
F.22 
Council 
The Working Party  on International Food and Agricultural Questions  
configuration 
operates under: 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party has the following sub-areas or subgroups: 
subgroups 
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
 
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 
- Codex Alimentarius 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
- the coordination and preparation of EU positions for a number of 
international organisations, UN agencies, multilateral or 
intergovernmental processes and high-level international events tasked 
with: 
-  developing global standards and policy instruments in the area of 
food and nutrition, agriculture, fisheries and forestry (FAO) and 
addressing policy issues closely related to FAO's mandate and 
activities (including the Committee on World Food Security 
(CFS)); 
-  establishing international certification schemes for seeds and 
forest reproductive material (OECD); 
-  setting international quality standards for fruit and vegetables 
                                                 
Including budget  
2 Including civil protection  
3 Including tourism  
Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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(OECD and UNECE); 
-  developing global food safety standards (Codex Alimentarius) 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☐  legislative act(s): 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council Decisions under Article 218(9) TFEU 
  external documents or instruments: 
EU positions for the FAO, OECD, UNECE, Codex Alimentarius and 
related multilateral or intergovernmental processes 
  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions 
☒  other:   
Follow-up to reports of the Court of Auditors in the above policy areas 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely: 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Combines the mandates of the Coordination Working Party (FAO, 
OECD and UNECE, former F.22), and of the Codex Alimentarius 
WP (former F.23). 
 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
- Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions (F.3) 
- Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture 
(F.5) 
- Working Party on Agricultural Products (F.8) 
- Working Party on Forestry (F.16) 
- Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions (F.19) 
- Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions (F.21) 
- Working Party on Fisheries Policy (F.25)  
 
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- Working Party on Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
- Working Party on Trade Questions (C.27) 
- Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV) (C.30) 
- United Nations Working Party (CONUN) (C.4) 
- Working Party on Commodities (PROBA) (C.33) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18) 
- Working Party on Public Health (I.2) 
- Working Party on Environment (J.1)  
 
 
 
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Working Party on Fisheries Policy 
Code 
F.25 
Council 
The Working Party on Fisheries Policy operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Fisheries Policy has the following sub-areas or 
subgroups 
sub-groups: 
 
-  Directors General 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
All issues related to internal and external fisheries policy 
 

                                                 
1 Including budget 
2 Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
5 In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
legislation in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, including the CFP 
basic regulation, financing instruments, technical and control measures, 
and the transposition of international obligations into EU law  
☒  other Union legal acts: 
setting of fishing opportunities, establishment of EU positions in 
international fora, negotiating mandates for bilateral and international 
fisheries agreements, decisions on the signing and conclusion of bilateral 
and international agreements 
Council implementing decisions under the IUU Regulation  
  external documents or instruments: 
preparation of international negotiations, preparation of meetings in 
international fora and bilateral joint committees 
  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions 
☒  other: 
follow-up to reports of Court of Auditors 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 1969 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
WP on Peche from 1969 to 1978; 
WP on External Fisheries from 1976 to 2007 (B.301); 
WP on Internal Fisheries from 1977 to 2009 (B.302); 
WP on Internal and External Fisheries since the end of 2001 (B.304) 
WP on Fisheries Policy (F.25)- since 01/07/21 
 

-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties: 
-  Working Party on the United Kingdom (A.20) 
-  Working Party on structural measures and outermost regions 
 
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-  Working Party on the Law of Sea (C.3) 
-  Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
(F.22) 
-  Working Party on Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
 
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Working Party on Food and Food Systems 
Code 
F.27 
Council 
The Working Party on Food and Food Systems operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☒  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Food and Food Systems has the following sub-
subgroups 
areas or subgroups: 
 
 
-  Food systems 
-  Food safety 
-  Food information and nutrition 
-  Pesticide residues  
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
 
-  Horizontal issues related to food systems sustainability, including, 
food waste, EFSA, official controls, food fraud; 
 
-  Issues related to food safety and composition requirements, 
including food improvement agents, food contact materials, 
irradiated food, contaminants and pesticide residues, novel foods, 
food for specific groups, addition of vitamins and minerals, 
                                                 
1 Including budget  
Including civil protection  
Including tourism  
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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marketing standards for specific foods (fruit juices, cocoa, honey, 
mineral waters, etc); 
 
-  Issues related to food information and nutrition, including 
information on ingredients, nutrients and allergens, health and 
nutritional claims, nutrient profiles, food supplements, food 
reformulation. 
  
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts)  
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of:  
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislation related to the policy areas indicated above 
☐  other Union legal acts: 
  external documents or instruments: 
  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions in the above policy areas covered by the Working 
Party 
☒  other: 
Follow-up  to reports of the Court of Auditors in the above policy areas 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by:  
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely:  
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 3/02/2021 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The Working Party on Food and Food systems replaces the Working 
Party on Foodstuffs, with the addition of topics related to the whole 
food chain and its sustainability  
 

-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
-  Working Party on Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture 
(F.5) 
 
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- Working Party on Forestry (F.16) 
- Working Party on Plants and Plant Health Questions (F.19) 
- Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions (F.21) 
- Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
(F.22) 
- Working Party on Agriculture Products (F.8) 
- Working Party on Fisheries Policy (F.25) 
- Working Party on Public Health (I.2) 
- Counsellors/Attachés (A.18)   
 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (CompGro) 
Code 
G.1 
Council 
The Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☒  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth has the following 
subgroups 
sub-areas or sub-groups: 
 
-  High Level 
-  Better Regulation 
-  Industry 
-  Internal Market 
-  Public Procurement 
-  Tourism 
                                                 
1 Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
 
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Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
-  providing guidance and support on horizontal and specific issues 
related to competitiveness and growth in the European Union, to 
the smooth functioning of the internal market and to European 
industry, also in relation to the Council's (Competitiveness) input 
to the European Council within the relevant instruments, and on 
the application of better regulation principles; 
-  assisting in achieving synergies from the different areas for which 
the Council (Competitiveness) is responsible; 
-  exchanging information on national initiatives concerning 
competitiveness and growth. 
 
The High Level sub-group is responsible for providing guidance and 
advice on issues relating to competitiveness and growth. This includes 
monitoring the state of the single market, identifying policy options in 
relevant areas and discussing policy priorities, including within the 
European Semester, as well as promoting the exchange of information 
and best practices and monitoring and mainstreaming competitiveness. 
The High Level sub-group also supports the Council in its role of 
monitoring and mainstreaming competitiveness, across all relevant policy 
initiatives, particularly those based on Articles 114 and 173 TFEU. 
The Better Regulation sub-group is responsible for issues related to the 
development of a more open, transparent, and evidence-based policy-
making for EU citizens, stakeholders and businesses, especially SMEs, in 
particular by advising on better law-making, and by promoting the 
application of the better regulation principles to create a less burdensome, 
high quality and future-proof regulatory environment. 
The Industry sub-group is responsible for all issues relating to the 
conditions necessary for the competitiveness of the Union's industry, 
including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and including 
specific measures in support of action taken in the Member States to 
achieve this objective. 
The Internal Market sub-group is responsible for all issues concerning the 
internal market, including on the digital single market, notably with 
regard to the free movement of goods and services. These issues include 
the development of the applicable legal framework and the monitoring of 
its enforcement. 
The Public Procurement sub-group is responsible for issues related to the 
development of public procurement rules and policy. 
The Tourism sub-group is responsible for issues related to the promotion 
of the competitiveness and sustainability of Union undertakings in the 
tourism sector by complementing the action of the Member States in this 
                                                 
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field, particularly by encouraging the creation of a favourable 
environment for their sustainable development as well as by promoting 
cooperation between the Member States. 
Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: (if applicable): 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislative acts belonging to the above policy areas. 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Other Union legal acts having an effect on the above policy areas. 
  external documents or instruments: 
Contribution papers by business, industry or other relevant stakeholders, 
including international organisations in the above policy areas, are 
presented  
  policy document(s): 
Commission communications, Council conclusions, follow up to non 
binding papers by EU Institutions and other EU bodies. 
☒  other: 
Follow-up to reports of the Court of Auditors and papers presented by 
one or more Member States which are then discussed in the Working 
Party. For Court of Auditors' special reports this involves the preparation 
of Council conclusions. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☒  other, namely: 
All sub-groups of the Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth are 
chaired by the rotating Presidency, with the exception of the sub-group 
High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth, which is 
chaired by a Chair elected among the Trio Presidency members for 18 
months 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: 26/11/2002 
 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
The Working Party Competitiveness and Growth was established on 
26 November 2002 (14818/02). 
The subgroup High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and 
 
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(15006/14) is maintained. 
 

-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
 

-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties: 
-  Working Party on Intellectual Properties (G.3) 
-  
Working Party on Company Law (G.4) 
-  
Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (G.7) 
-  
Working Party on Competition (G.12) 
-  
Working Party on Research (G.13) 
-  
European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) 
(G.21) 
-  Working Party on Space (G.22) 
-  
Working Party Consumer Protection and Information (G.23) 
 
 
 
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Working Party on Research 
Code 
G.13 
Council 
The Working Party on Research operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☐  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☒  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party on Research has the following sub-areas or subgroup: 
subgroups 
- Atomic Questions 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
All matters related to EU's Research and Technological Development 
(Articles 179-188 and 190 of TFEU) 
 
The subgroup on Atomic Questions is responsible for all matters 
related to nuclear research under the Euratom Treaty 
 
                                                 
Including budget 
Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Research and Technological Development 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Research and Technological Development, including nuclear research 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
International Agreements in the field of Research and Technological 
Development, including nuclear research 
  policy document(s): 
Commission communications, action plans, strategies, declarations and 
Council conclusions on Research and Technological Development, 
including nuclear research  
☒  other: 
Follow up of reports of the Court of Auditors concerning Research and 
Technological Development, including nuclear research 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely: 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: Not applicable 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties:  
- Working Party on Atomic Questions (B.7) 
- Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (G.1) 
- European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) (G.21) 
- Working Party on Space (G.22) 
- Working Party on Aviation (H.3) 
- Working Party on Transport - Intermodal Questions and Networks 
(H.4) 
- Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society 
(H.5) 
- Working Party on Environment (J.1) 
- Education Committee (K.1)  
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Working Party on Public Health 
Code 
I.2 
Council 
The Working Party on Public Health operates under: 
configuration 
☐  General affairs 
☐  Foreign affairs 
☐  Economic and financial affairs1 
☐  Justice and home affairs2 
☒  Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs 
☐  Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space)3 
☐  Transport, telecommunications and energy 
☐  Agriculture and fisheries 
☐  Environment 
☐  Education, youth, culture and sport4 
Sub-areas or 
The Working Party has the following sub-areas or subgroups: 
subgroups 
-  High level 
Policy areas 
Under the authority of Coreper5, the Working Party is responsible for: 
public health issues for which the Union has developed legislation 
(blood, cells and tissues, tobacco, patients' rights in cross border 
healthcare, ECDC mandate, cross border threats to health). 
strategic discussion on common health and health-related issues, 
including global health. 
                                                 
Including budget 
2Including civil protection 
Including tourism 
Including Audio-visual affairs 
In accordance with Article 240(1) TFEU and the Council’s Rules of Procedure 
 
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Type of work 
The Working Party is mainly in charge of the following: 
☒  Work on Union legal acts (i.e. legislative acts and other legal acts) 
☒  Policy preparation 
In particular, the Working Party is in charge of: 
☒  legislative act(s): 
Legislation on cross border threats to health; on blood, tissues and cells; 
on tobacco products; on patients' rights in cross border healthcare; on 
ECDC mandate; on health aspects within the MFF context (EU4Health 
programme) 
☒  other Union legal acts: 
Council recommendations (e.g. on vaccination), establishment of EU 
positions in international fora (as appropriate) 
☒  external documents or instruments: 
Preparation of positions in view of international negotiations (Framework 
Convention on Tobacco Control and other WHO instruments). 
☒  policy document(s): 
Council conclusions 
☒  other: 
Examination of, and follow-up to, reports from the European Court of 
Auditors. 
Chairing 
The Working Party is chaired by: 
arrangement 
☒  the six-monthly Presidency 
☐  a representative of the High Representative 
☐  other, namely: 
Observations  
-  Date of establishment: Not applicable 
-  If applicable, evolution of the mandate and last update:  
Mandate for the Working Party on Public Health at Senior Level 
endorsed by the Council (16139/08) 
-  If applicable, duration of the mandate and/or its expiry date:  
Not applicable 
-  If applicable, main links with other Working Parties: 
- Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (I.4) 
- Working Party on Animals and Veterinary Questions (F.21) 
- Working Party on International Food and Agricultural Questions 
(F.22) 
- Working Party on Food and Food Systems (F.27) 
 
 
 
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ANNEX II 
COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2021/… 
of …. 
amending Decision 2009/908/EU, 
laying down measures for the implementation of the European Council Decision 
on the exercise of the Presidency of the Council, 
and on the chairmanship of preparatory bodies of the Council 
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, 
Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, 
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, 
Having regard to European Council Decision 2009/881/EU of 1 December 2009 on the exercise of 
the Presidency of the Council1, and in particular Article 4 thereof, 
                                                 
1 
OJ L 315, 2.12.2009, p. 50. 
 
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Whereas, 
(1) 
By Decision 2009/908/EU2 the Council laid down measures for the implementation  of the 
European Council decision on the exercise of the Presidency of the Council (hereinafter 
referred to 'the European Council Decision'). The preparatory bodies which are not chaired 
by the six-monthly Presidency are listed in Annex III of Decision 2009/908/EU, as 
provided for in Article 2, third subparagraph of the European Council Decision. 
(2) 
According to Annex III to Decision 2009/908/EU, the Working Party on Legal Data 
Processing is listed among the preparatory bodies of the Council that are chaired by the 
General Secretariat of the Council. 
(3) 
In light of the experience and the type of tasks carried out by the Working Party on Legal 
Data Processing, it should be chaired by the six-monthly Presidency. 
(4) 
The Decision 2009/908/EU should therefore be amended accordingly, 
 
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION: 
                                                 
2 
Council Decision 2009/908/EU of 1 December 2009, laying down measures for the 
implementation of the European Council Decision on the exercise of the Presidency of the 
Council, and on the chairmanship of preparatory bodies of the Council (OJ L 322, 
9.12.2009, p. 28). 
 
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Article 1 
Council Decision 2009/908/EU of 1 December 2009 laying down measures for the implementation 
of the European Council Decision on the exercise of the Presidency of the Council, and on the 
chairmanship of preparatory bodies of the Council, is amended as follows: 
In Annex III, the text "Working Party on Legal Data Processing" shall be deleted. 
Article 2 
This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its adoption. 
It shall apply from 1 July 2021. 
It shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union
Done at Brussels, … 
 
For the Council 
 
The President 
 
 
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