The AWEPA Governing Council is the highest political body within AWEPA and comprises mostly of representatives from the AWEPA Sections in the European Parliament and the national parliaments of Europe. It operates as a general assembly for a five year term and meets at least once a year. It decides on the overall policy of AWEPA and is chaired by the President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet. Executive Committee members are members of the Governing Council as representatives of this body, not as representatives of their country.
AWEPA has a broad network of parliamentarians and former parliamentarians from across Europe, with over 1700 members. Each country that forms an AWEPA Section appoints a Head of Section who is the first contact point for AWEPA, and functions as their Sections first representative on the Governing Council unless they delegate otherwise. A Section is authorized to appoint more representatives to the AWEPA Governing Council dependent on the number of members in their Section, having one member for each 50 members up to a total of three members. The Head of Sections for 2012 were: