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The highest governing body of ESO is the Council, consisting of people nominated by the member organisations. Each member nominates three persons to the council to represent their organisation.
The president of ESO is chosen by the Council. The president does not necessarily have to be a member of one of the member organisations, but preferably has a great affinity with the sector and its entrepreneurs.
The Council is the highest decisive body of ESO.

The Council meets regularly every two months in Brussels. The meeting agenda is taken care of by the Secretary General in close cooperation with president, director and board.