The chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers is held for a six-month term in turn by the representatives of the members in English alphabetical order. The chairmanship is transferred from one member State to the next in mid-May and mid-November, at a date fixed by the Committee based on a joint proposal by the incoming and outgoing Chairs.
At the handover ceremony, the incoming Chair presents the priorities of his/her country's chairmanship to the Committee of Ministers and the outgoing Chair presents a stocktaking report of the last six months.
The Chair acts in a neutral way and ensures that the rules and guidelines are respected. He/she guides the discussions, put proposals to the vote and announces decisions.
Ireland: 20 May - 9 November 2022
Chair of the Committee of Ministers
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland
Chair of the Ministers' Deputies
Mr Breifne O'Reilly
Permanent Representative of Ireland to the Council of Europe
9 November 2022 - May 2023
May - November 2023
November 2023 - May 2024
May - November 2024
November 2024 - May 2025
May - November 2025