The European Council
The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission.
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The Council of the European Union
The Council of the EU is the institution representing the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.
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The Council of the EU and the European Council work on a wide range of issues affecting the interests of the EU and its citizens.
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The European Council brings together EU leaders at least four times a year.
The Council of the EU meets in different configurations depending on the topic discussed.
Committees and working parties handle the preparatory work on files before they are discussed at Council meetings.
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Documents & Publications
Council and European Council documents are made available through the public register, in accordance with EU rules on transparency.
You can also take a look at Council publications, access the archives and search for legislation that the Council negotiates together with the European Parliament.
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The press office is the first point of contact for all media requests. Press officers speak 'off the record' about the Council's activities.
The press office holds press events, offers audiovisual coverage of major events and provides facilities for journalists.
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The headquarters of the Council of the EU and the European Council are located in Brussels (Belgium).
You can get in contact to arrange a visit, ask questions about the work of both institutions, and request a document, among other services.
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At their meeting on 15 September, the Eurogroup was briefed on the state of play of Greece's ongoing economic adjustment programme. Ministers also exchanged views on how to increase economic resilience in the Economic and Monetary Union.
About the President of the Eurogroup
The president of the Eurogroup chairs Eurogroup meetings, sets their agendas, draws up the long-term work programme and represents the Eurogroup in international fora.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been Eurogroup President since 21 January 2013. He was re-elected to the post for a second term on 13 July 2015.
Aims, goals and priorities of the Eurogroup during the presidency of Jeroen Dijsselbloem.