Definition of council of ministers in English:

council of ministers

noun

  • 1An administrative body that advises the chief executive or head of state.

    • ‘The permanent secretary said arrangements had already been made by the council of ministers to ensure that funds were sourced within the given period of time to immediately embark on the programme.’
    • ‘The executive branch includes the chief of state - the hereditary position held for life by the king - the prime minister, and a council of ministers, who are appointed by the king.’
    • ‘The prime minister nominates a council of ministers and together they are responsible for the island's internal executive functions.’
    • ‘One was the fact that the opening of the exhibition coincided with the election of the new council of ministers.’
    • ‘It was the collective decision of the State cabinet which should have been respected by all the members of the council of ministers.’
    • ‘They were denied representation in the legislative assembly, in the council of ministers and in decision making bodies.’
    • ‘The cumbersome voting system in the council of ministers, the supreme decision making body, will carry on.’
    • ‘Still the successive state governments have refused to limit the size of the councils of ministers to the minimum and manageable level.’
    • ‘He met Sunday with leaders of the mainstream political parties on Sunday and asked the political leaders to nominate people with a ‘clean image’ for a new council of ministers.’
    • ‘The present constitution was adopted in 1993 and stipulates that the head of government is also the chief of state and appoints the council of ministers.’
    • ‘However, she has not accommodated them in her council of ministers.’
    • ‘The king met with political leaders, including those agitating against him, for consultations on forming the new council of ministers.’
    • ‘The monarch said he himself would chair the new council of ministers, which he said ‘would accord priority to the task of reactivating multiparty democracy in the next three years.’’
    • ‘The three-tiered structure was set up to advise the council of ministers on such relevant issues as are deemed necessary for the union to be more in line with current developments in international trade relations.’
    • ‘This is a possibility that my government is looking at, and I don't know whether the council of ministers would agree on this policy or not, but definitely we think it's worth it, and it's worth a try.’
    • ‘He announced Thursday a 13-member council of ministers in what was called an ‘initial’ cabinet.’
    • ‘He has also asked the council of ministers from the member states to establish a comprehensive policy.’
    • ‘In theory, an elected body heads the legislative branch, a president and a council of ministers leads the executive branch, and the judiciary is independent.’
    • ‘This group would have its own budget, secretariat, council of ministers, and parliamentary assembly.’
    • ‘This requires that the council of ministers, the commission, the parliament and the court must all become the agents of change for the acceptance of national authority.’
    1. 1.1Council of Ministers The policymaking body of the European Economic Community.
      • ‘The Council of Ministers is not accountable to the European Parliament or national parliaments.’
      • ‘Before the Council of Ministers can put new proposals to the Commission these have to be considered by Parliament.’
      • ‘The Commissioners are appointed by the Council of Ministers after prior nomination by the governments of the individual member states.’
      • ‘It is also now quite unclear who actually has the final word: the European Commission or the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘This was a major step towards the restoration of the parliamentary system, and put the burden of leadership on the president of the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘The parliament also serves as a check on the Council of Ministers and the European Commission.’
      • ‘I urge the Council of Ministers not to miss this opportunity to settle an issue that has been outstanding for too long.’
      • ‘Commissioners present policy proposals to the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘As a result there will be more pressure on the Council of Ministers and its bodies to reach an early agreement on the necessary implementing measures.’
      • ‘The law assigns no role to the Council of Ministers in the maintenance of law and order.’
      • ‘It now goes to the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for adoption.’
      • ‘The proposal will now go forward for adoption by the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘Secondly, the main power to agree substantive legislation was retained by the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘How many know the difference between the president of the European commission and the presidency of the Council of Ministers?’
      • ‘Among the European institutions, it is the Council of Ministers that has come closest to this view.’
      • ‘Yesterday's proposals would still have to negotiate the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers before they can become law.’
      • ‘The most senior of these institutions is the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘The Council of Ministers vote, which was to take place on 27 November, has been postponed.’
      • ‘By the end of the week, the resolution is to be filed with the Council of Ministers.’
      • ‘Yet in reality there is little opportunity for them to lobby either the European Council or the Council of Ministers directly.’