The Statutes set the rules for application for membership, organisation and operation of the CPMR
All of the CPMR member regions come together once a year for a General Assembly. They adopt the Conference's policy guidelines and budget.
The college of member regions from each country nominates one of their number as a representative to the Political Bureau, as well as a substitute member. They have a two-year term. The Political Bureau meets twice a year. It proposes policy guidelines for the Conference and implements the decisions adopted by the General Assembly.The President and Vice-Presidents can meet in an "Executive Board" meeting if necessary.
The President, who is elected by the Bureau for a two-year term, represents the Conference. The post is currently held by Jean-Yves Le Drian , French Minister for Defence and Regional Councillor of Brittany Region.
The Geographical Commissions aim to ensure that work is as decentralised and as close to the reality of each sea basin as possible. There are six in all :
The Treasurer is assisted by a Financial Committee.