Committee of Permanent Representatives I
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) is made up of Ambassadors from EU Member States, based in Brussels, who are responsible for preparing Ministerial-level Council meetings. All issues must pass through COREPER before they are included on the agenda for a Council meeting. COREPER meets in two configurations, COREPER I and COREPER II, which deal with different subject areas. The Committee is chaired by the rotating Presidency.
COREPER I consists of the Deputy Permanent Representatives at the permanent representations in Brussels. The matters dealt with concern the following areas:
Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs
Competitiveness (internal market, industry and research)
Transport, telecommunications and energy
Agriculture and fisheries
Education, youth, culture and sport.