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