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The Council of Ministers Organizational Structure, Processes and Culture

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This chapter briefly outlines the features of the evolution of the Council of Ministers and provides a thorough analysis of the Council of Ministers’ current build-up. The Presidency of the Council of Ministers is furthermore analysed and the Council of Ministers’ mode of operation and the position of the Council of Ministers are discussed. The chapter presents the internal organizational and decision-making processes of the Council of Ministers in order to evaluate their organization and legitimacy. Initially, the general characteristics of the Council of Ministers as an organ of decision-making are presented. Afterwards, descriptions on roles in the decision-making process of the secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Coreper and the working groups follow. Finally, the chapter analyses the autonomy on the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in relation to the Member States and focuses on esprit de corps in the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.

Keywords: Coreper; council of ministers; decision-making processes; secretariat; working groups

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