The Joint Ministerial Committee is a forum of the UK and devolved administrations. Its purpose is to examine matters of common interest and review the workings of devolution.
The JMC meets in 3 ministerial formats:
- JMC (Plenary) – an annual meeting between the leaders of each administration. This meeting is chaired by the Prime Minister and usually takes place in June.
- JMC (Europe) – the JMC (Europe) meetings are chaired by the Foreign Secretary or another Foreign Office minister. They take place before each European Council meeting which are usually held 4 times a year.
- JMC (Domestic) – this format enables ministers from the 4 administrations to discuss a range of issues. It is particularly useful for policies that cross devolved and non-devolved areas. Ministers usually meet in JMC (Domestic) format twice a year.
The JMC has no power to bind any of its members; it works through discussion and consensus.