Areas of work

The British-Irish Council is a practical forum where Member Administrations work together on issues of common interest to citizens across these islands. The Council allows Ministers to consult, share expertise and build strong partnerships. Member Administrations meet regularly throughout the year, including when Heads of Administration and Ministers come together at biannual Summits.

The Council remains responsive to evolving policy priorities and its current work programme prioritises twelve specific work sectors where it can deliver for citizens and stakeholders. In these work sectors Ministers, civil servants and, when relevant, invited stakeholders, are collaborating across a range of social, economic and environmental topics.

The Council also hosts conferences, seminars and study visits for experts in particular fields related to the Council’s current work programme. Updates on the activity of these work sectors and the Council’s programme of work are published on the Council’s website.