The Standing Committee is the governing body of the Bern Convention. The Bureau of the Standing Committee takes administrative and organisational decisions in between meetings of the Standing Committee. The Secretariat of the Bern Convention is provided by the Council of Europe and supplies administrative and other services that may be required by the Standing Committee.

The Standing Committee The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the governing body of the Bern Convention. It includes all Contracting Parties as well as observer states and organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, at the national and international level. It meets annually at the Council of Europe premises in Strasbourg. The Standing Committee adopts recommendations concerning measures that should be taken to achieve the Convention’s objectives and improve its effectiveness. It also monitors the implementation of the Convention and provides guidance on its further development.

The Bureau of the Standing Committee The Bureau of the Standing Committee
The Bureau of the Standing Committee takes administrative and organisational decisions in between meetings of the Standing Committee. It includes the Chair of the Standing Committee, the Vice-chair, the previous Chair, and two additional Bureau members, and is assisted by the Secretariat. The reports of Bureau meetings are made available to Parties and observers.
2019 Bern Institutions Meetings 2019 Bern Institutions Meetings
18-19 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

T-PVS Bureau Meeting (1)

9-10 September 2019 Strasbourg, France

T-PVS Bureau Meeting (2)

3-6 December 2019 Strasbourg, France

39th Standing Committee meeting

2018 Bern Institutions Meetings 2018 Bern Institutions Meetings
19 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

T-PVS Bureau Meeting (1)

10-11 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

T-PVS Bureau Meeting (2)

27-30 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

38th Standing Committee meeting

The Secretariat The Secretariat
The Secretariat of the Bern Convention is provided by the Council of Europe and supplies administrative and other services that may be required by the Standing Committee. The Secretariat is also responsible for convening meetings and preparing and circulating all documents and reports that need to be examined by the Standing Committee and its Bureau, as well as by the Groups of Experts and ad hoc working groups set up under the Convention.