In 1972, the ministers of the contracting parties in charge of water protection met for the first time. They then not only decided on commitments for the states but also gave precise orders to the Commission. For the future they declared to meet regularly. In the course of the years, the conferences of Rhine ministers have proved to be a motor for the work of the states in the Rhine watershed. These are the links to the communiqués of Ministers' conferences since 1986. Earlier communiqués are found under History.