The CCG was established on the basis of an agreement between the 26 cantonal governments. The highest decision-making body is the Plenary Assembly, in which each canton has one seat and one vote. Official statements require the approval of 18 cantons. The cantons’ right to express differing opinions is guaranteed. The decisions of the CCG are based on prior decisions taken by the governments in the cantons.
The Governing Board comprises nine cantonal government members drawn from among all the regions who prepare the business of the CCG for the Plenary Assembly. The Secretariat, which is the administrative body of the CCG, makes the arrangements for the meetings of the political bodies and implements their decisions.
The CCG is reliant on the political experience of the cantonal governments and the expertise of the cantonal administrations to support its work. When dealing with important matters, the CCG establishes political committees and technical working groups.
The Federal Council is a key partner for the CCG and is invited to the plenary assemblies. Delegations from the Federal Council and the CCG meet twice a year to discuss matters related to federalism. In addition, the CCG has numerous contacts with the Federal Administration. Cooperation with the Federal Parliament, and in particular the Council of States, is of great importance to the CCG. The CCG ensures that the cantonal viewpoint is represented in the parliamentary committees. Regular exchanges of ideas are held with the Council of States.