The Bureau ensures that the work of the Congress continues between sessions
The Bureau of the Congress is responsible for preparing proposals relating to the general policy of the Congress, the budget and local and regional monitoring missions as well as local election observation missions.
The Bureau of the Congress is composed of the bureaux of the chambers plus the President of the Congress. It is chaired by the President of the Congress. The Chamber Bureaux
are each composed of their President and their seven
The Bureau is responsible, in the period between the sessions of the Congress and meetings of the Statutory Forum, for ensuring the continuity of the Congress’s work. Presidents of the political groups and chairs of the committees are ex officio members of the Bureau but do not have the right to vote.
The Bureau is also responsible for supervising preparations for Congress sessions and for coordinating the work of the chambers and committees. It may draw up reports and submit these to be considered and voted on by the chambers and the Congress. It decides on and updates the apportionment of full members' seats on the statutory committees, as well as the list of member states which send representatives to the Chamber of Regions in a solely advisory capacity.
As a general rule, meetings of the Bureau take place in camera. The Bureau of the Congress may, however, decide to invite observers to some or all of its meetings and may hold hearings of individuals and organisations. The Bureau may also, at its own discretion, invite to some or all of its meetings, in an advisory capacity, the chairpersons of working groups, as well as the rapporteur of one of the committees and/or of a working group.