Ministerial Council

The Ministerial Council (MC) is made up of foreign ministers of the participating States (or their representatives), meets annually, except in years when summits are scheduled. The Ministerial Council meetings constitute the central decision-making and governing body of the OSCE; between summits, they are the highest-level decision-making body. The MC meetings are political consultations held to consider and take major decisions on any issues relevant to the organization. The MCs often approve documents that have been adopted by the Permanent Council or the Forum for Security Co-operation.

The Ministerial Council meetings help to maintain a link between the political decisions taken at the summits and the day-to-day functioning of the OSCE. Since a summit has not been held since 2010, the Ministerial Council meetings have become the highest political decision-making body in practice.