Permanent Representatives Committee I (COREPER I)

Coreper I is composed of each country's deputy permanent representatives. Its meetings are chaired by the deputy permanent representative of the country holding the presidency of the General Affairs Council.

Coreper I prepares the work of 6 Council configurations:

  • agriculture and fisheries (only financial issues or technical measures on veterinary, phytosanitary or food legislation)
  • competitiveness
  • education, youth, culture and sport
  • employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs
  • environment
  • transport, telecommunications and energy


Preparatory work

Coreper i's meetings are prepared by 2 groups, each named after its first chairperson:

'Mertens Group', which prepares the work of Coreper I

'Antici Group', which prepares the work of Coreper II i

These informal groups help to form an initial idea of the positions that the various member state delegations will take at the Coreper meeting.