Functioning & Structure
The CEI operates in a flexible manner to promote intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary and business cooperation.
• Governmental Dimension
Provides political and economic orientation and is responsible for the organisational and financial directives of the CEI. It is composed of the Committee of National Coordinators (CNC), key body responsible for the definition, coordination, management and implementation of CEI cooperation; Working bodies, i.e., Networks of Focal Points, project implementation groups and ad hoc task forces); the Secretariat, executive body managing the overall activities of the Organisation. It also deals with the development and implementation of projects and is located in Trieste (Italy).
Decisions are taken and approved by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Heads of Government, meeting respectively once a year. The Presidency is held by a CEI Member State and rotates on an annual basis.
• Parliamentary Dimension
CEI representatives of national Parliaments cooperate and meet in the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Committee and the General Committees (on Political and Home Affairs; on Economic Affairs; on Cultural Affairs).
• Business Dimension
Promotes an active participation of the business communities of the CEI Member States in a bottom-up approach, fostering inputs, open discussions and recommendations for Political Leadership.
The Parliamentary Dimension and the Business Dimension have their own structure and rules of procedure. The roles and tasks of the various CEI structures are defined in the CEI Guidelines and Rules of Procedure adopted by the Heads of Government.