Ministerial Council

Article 21
The Ministerial Council

A Ministerial Council is hereby established. It shall ensure that the objectives set out in this Treaty are attained and shall:

(a) provide general policy guidelines;
(b) review progress on the implementation of this Treaty, including follow-up of the proposals put forward by the Social Forum;
(c) give opinions on the appointment of the Director of the Permanent Secretariat;
(d) decide on the seat of the Permanent Secretariat by consensus.

Article 22
The Ministerial Council shall consist of one representative of each Contracting Party. Participation as an observer shall be open to all EU Member States.

Article 23
The Ministerial Council shall meet on an annual basis.

Regional Steering Committee

Article 24
Regional Steering Committee

1. A Regional Steering Committee is hereby established. It shall be responsible for the administration of this Treaty and shall ensure its proper implementation, without prejudice to Article 19. For this purpose, it shall make recommen­dations and take decisions in the cases provided for in this Treaty. The decisions of the Regional Steering Committee shall be put into effect by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their own rules.

2. The Regional Steering Committee shall consist of a representative, and an alternate representative, of the Contracting Parties. Participation as an observer shall be open to all EU Member States.

3. The Regional Steering Committee shall act by unanimity.

4. For the purpose of the proper enforcement of this Treaty, the Contracting Parties shall exchange information, inter alia, on new legislation or decisions that are relevant for this Treaty, and, at the request of any Contracting Party, shall hold consultations within the Regional Steering Committee, including on social issues.

5. The Regional Steering Committee shall adopt its rules of procedure.

6. A South East European Party shall preside in turn over the Regional Steering Committee in accordance with the arrangements to be laid down in its rules of procedure.

7. The chairman of the Regional Steering Committee shall convene its meetings at least twice a year in order to review the general functioning of this Treaty and, whenever circumstances so require, at the request of a Contracting Party. The Regional Steering Committee shall keep under constant review the development of the case law of the Court of Justice. To this end the European Union shall transmit to the South East European Parties all judgments of the Court of Justice relevant for the functioning of this Treaty. The Regional Steering Committee shall act within three months so as to preserve the homogeneous interpretation of this Treaty.

8. The Regional Steering Committee shall prepare the work of the Ministerial Council.

The list of Regional Steering Committee members can be viewed here.

Technical Committees

Article 26
Technical Committees

1. The Regional Steering Committee shall decide to establish technical committees, in the form of ad hoc working groups. Each technical committee may make proposals in its sphere of responsibility to the Regional Steering Committee for decision. The technical committees shall consist of representatives of the Contracting Parties. Participation as an observer shall be open to all EU Member States. On an ad hoc basis, relevant civil society organisations, and in particular environmental ones, shall be invited as observers.

2. The technical committees shall adopt their rules of procedure.

3. A South East European Party shall chair in turn over the technical committees in accordance with the arrangements to be laid down in their rules of procedure.

Social forum

Article 27
Social forum

1. The Contracting Parties shall take due account of the social dimension and they shall recognise the need to involve the social partners at all appropriate levels by promoting the social dialogue in relation to the monitoring of the implementation of this Treaty and its effects.

2. They shall consider the importance of focusing their attention on the following key areas:

(a) workers’ fundamental rights according to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Social Charter, the Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;

(b) labour laws – in relation to the promotion of improved working conditions and standards of living;

(c) health and safety at work – in relation to improvements in the working environment concerning the health and safety of workers in the transport sector;

(d) equal opportunities – with a focus on the introduction, where necessary, of the principle that men and women ought to receive equal pay for equal work.

3. For addressing these social matters, the Contracting Parties shall agree to establish a Social Forum. Each Contracting Party, in accordance with its internal procedures, shall designate its representatives, who may take part in the relevant meetings of the Social Forum. The representation shall cover the governments, as well as the organisations of workers and employers and as any other relevant bodies, which are considered appropriate in accordance with the discussed topics. The European social dialogue committees related to the transport sector shall be present and participate in the meetings, as well as representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee. The Social Forum shall establish its rules of procedure.