Directorate-General for Secretariats and Consultation

Secretariat of the Council of Ministers

The Secretariat of the Council of Ministers takes care of all the administrative and logistical activities related to the Council of Minister meetings:

  • endorsing and archiving files, both electronically and physically
  • drawing up and sending the meeting agendas
  • organising the meetings
  • disseminating the decisions of the federal government as quickly as possible

Secretariat of the Consultation Committee

The Consultation Committee consists of the ministers from the federal government and the ministers from the governments of the Communities and Regions.

This committee discusses all the issues which, in the interests of good governance, require cooperation between the various levels of government and checks them with regard to the powers involved. The Consultation Committee generally meets once a month.

The Secretariat of the Consultation Committee:

  • takes care of all the administrative and practical activities linked to the committee's meetings: it endorses the files that are submitted, draws up and sends meeting agendas, organises the meetings, distributes the decisions made
  • is in charge of monitoring progress on the cooperation agreements between the various entities
  • publishes the cooperation agreements involving the federal state
  • centralises all the information of the 18 Ministerial Conferences: data, meeting information and reports.

Department of Trade Union Affairs

This department provides secretarial services to the two trade union negotiating committees: Committee A and Sectoral Committee I 'General Administration'. Both committees are chaired by the Prime Minister.

The delegations negotiate on the following subjects, among others:

  • administrative status
  • remuneration system
  • pensions
  • working time and work organisation
  • etc.

The Department of Trade Union Affairs also provides staff for administrative and logistic support to two control commissions:

  • the Control Commission on the Representativeness of Public-Sector Trade Union Organisations
  • the Commission for Trade Union Allowances

Both commissions are independent and autonomous.

Committee A – the joint committee for all public services

This Committee is responsible for subjects that concern all civil servants (at local, provincial, federated-entity and federal level). It consists of a delegation from the government (federal ministers and ministers of the federated entities) and trade union delegates.

Intersectoral agreements are also concluded within Committee A. These are known as 'framework agreements' in which the government pledges to take a number of actions in connection with, among other things, employment, working conditions, pensions and industrial relations.

Secretariat of the National Security Council and the Strategic Committee for Intelligence and Security

The National Security Council:

  • determines and coordinates general intelligence and security policy and sets the priorities of the intelligence and security services
  • coordinates the measures to combat the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • defines policy on the protection of sensitive information

The National Security Council comprises the Prime Minister,  ministers whose portfolios cover justice, security and home affairs, defence and foreign affairs, and the other Deputy Prime Ministers.

The following individuals will also attend the meetings of the National Security Council as and when required by the issues on the agenda:

  • the Administrator-General of State Security
  • the head of the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Armed Forces
  • the General Commissioner of the Federal Police
  • the Director of the Coordination Unit for Threat Assessment (CUTA)
  • the Chair of the Management Committee of FPS Home Affairs,
  • a representative of the Board of Prosecutors General
  • the federal prosecutor

The Strategic Committee is an administrative body that is responsible for the preparation and coordinated implementation of the decisions of the National Security Council.

The Secretariat prepares the meetings of the National Security Council and the Strategic Committee and ensures their follow-up.