ECOS members meet once a year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to take the main strategic decisions including on the work programme and budget. Between AGMs, ECOS is managed by an Executive Committee, the members of which are appointed each year by the AGM. Both AGM and Executive Committee are chaired by the ECOS Chairperson. The Secretary-General is responsible for the daily management of ECOS.

In order to take part actively in technical meetings and consultations, ECOS establishes Task Forces and Expert pools for each topic covered in its work programme. These working groups include individuals appointed by ECOS as technical experts (NGO specialists, academics, consultants, etc) and policy officers from member organisations also involved in the topic.

The ECOS experts represent our organisation in technical committees and stakeholder consultation groups related to the ECOS work programme. They receive support and policy guidance from the ECOS policy officers in the Secretariat.

Each Task Force and Expert Pool is responsible for overseeing the relevant activities, validating position papers and reports prepared by experts as well as ensuring coordination with the advocacy actions undertaken by ECOS and its member organisations.

The figure below represents the structure of ECOS.