The European Council: December 2014 to April 2016
The European Council faced critical political challenges from December 2014 to April 2016. These included unprecedented flows of asylum seekers and irregular migrants, the need to prevent the exit of Greece from the eurozone and the imperative to find a new settlement for Britain ahead of an In/Out referendum on EU membership. European leaders also had to respond to military conflict in the neighbourhood and the threat of terrorism. President Donald Tusk gives an overview of the European Council's work during the period under review and the report lists the most important political decisions and statements.
This publication is temporarily available in English only (pdf), other official languages will follow.
Environmental statement 2015
This report sets out the environmental management system in place at the General Secretariat of the Council. It also explains its performance in relation to environmental issues between 2010 and 2014.
The European Council and the Council of the EU through time
The European Council and the Council of the EU are two key players in the EU's decision-making process. Each has its own distinct role in the EU's institutional architecture, even though politically and administratively a close organic relationship exists between both institutions. Both bring together representatives of the member states. This booklet traces their origins and evolution through the EU treaties. It explores how they both played a decisive role in European integration and how their history reflects that of the EU as a whole: its policies and ambitions, its crises and progress.
The European Union - A union of law (poster)
From Paris to Lisbon, the European Union has come a long way since the six founding members laid the foundations of the union as we know it today, an economic and political community comprising nearly 509 million inhabitants in 28 member states. This poster shows the key stages in the European integration with a chronology of the main treaties and the accession treaties. The treaties, the foundation of the European Union, are a reflection of how member states have reacted to new internal and external challenges. They trace the development of a union of peoples and states guided by the rule of law.
Europe and you - EU capitals colouring book
EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
The second action plan on human rights and democracy, covering the period 2015-2019, aims to reinforce the implementation of the EU's human rights policy in all activities. It focuses in particular on empowering local institutions and civil society organisations. Early detection, prevention and conflict mediation will be guiding principles. The brochure also contains a foreword by High Representative Federica Mogherini; Council conclusions on the action plan; and the EU strategic framework on human rights and democracy. The action plan is published in English and French.
Public register of authentic identity and travel documents online (PRADO)
Do you have to check identity documents? This leaflet presents PRADO, which provides easy online access to images and technical descriptions of the most commonly used travel and identity documents. The register is regularly updated and the information is available in all 24 official languages of the EU.
Shaping our common future - EU-CELAC strategic partnership
The EU-CELAC Summit in June 2015 brought together 61 EU and Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including more than 40 Heads of State or Government. This publication gives essential information on the event and presents the most important documents adopted during the summit. It also provides the forewords by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Rafael Correa Delgado, President pro tempore of CELAC.
Schengen - Your gateway to free movement in Europe
The external border of the Schengen area is over 50 000 km long and includes hundreds of airports, maritime ports and land border crossing points. This publication gives essential information on the history and enlargement of the Schengen area. It provides useful data concerning police and customs cooperation, internal and external borders, as well as Schengen Information System (SIS). The booklet explains also the issues related to judicial cooperation, visas and asylum.
The Schengen area - leaflet
This leaflet of the Schengen series guides you through the states of the Schengen area and explain the status of other European countries. It contains a map and provides the practical info on the rules applying to the travellers.
The Schengen area - poster
This poster of the Schengen series is a geo-political map indicating 26 countries covered by the Schengen area and the states that have a different status. It also contains short information on the movement of persons in each of presented countries.
Central Archives of the European Council and of the Council of the European Union
There are more than 7 000 linear metres of documentation gathered by the central archives of the European Council and of the Council of the European Union. The leaflet explains the role of the archives and the tasks of their staff. It also provides an explanation of the archiving process, as well as brief instructions for researchers who want to use the archives.
Council annual report on access to documents - 2014
The 2014 annual report on access to Council documents provides information on the public register of Council documents. It presents the main developments in the Council's implementation of the regulation on access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The brochure also contains the analysis of requests for public access, as well as the review of complaints submitted to the European Ombudsman and rulings given by the EU courts in 2014 in cases relating to access to Council documents.
The EU and its member states seek to save lives and alleviate human suffering caused by conflicts, natural disasters and other crisis situations. The leaflet presents major facts about humanitarian assistance provided by the EU countries, with special focus on Syrian war refugees and Ebola sufferers. The brochure also explains the humanitarian principles on which the assistance is based, as well as the role of the Council Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid.
The European Council - The strategic body of the EU
The European Council is the institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the EU. This leaflet provides information on its composition, functioning and president. It also describes the role of Euro Summits.
The EU policy cycle to tackle organized crime
In 2010, the EU adopted a policy cycle methodology to address the most important criminal threats. This leaflet includes information on the steps of the policy cycle and the crime priorities for the 2014-2017 cycle.
The European Council in 2014
In this publication, European Council president Donald Tusk and former president Herman Van Rompuy share their take on the institution's activities in 2014. EU heads of state or government focused on Ukraine, climate, the economy, and setting an agenda for the coming years. President Tusk also highlights the main issues the EU will need to tackle in 2015.
The publication includes all European Council conclusions and statements by heads of state or government in 2014.
Fundamental rights compatibility
This publication provides a series of guidelines for Council preparatory bodies. The guidelines aim to raise awareness regarding fundamental right matters. They also provide help for preparatory bodies when dealing with fundamental rights issues connected to legislative proposals under discussion.
Economic and Monetary Union - Legal and political texts
This publication provides an extensive selection of the legal, political and technical texts relevant to the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). They cover institutional and external aspects of the euro, as well as statistical legislation and financial assistance mechanisms.
Sources of information on the European Council and the Council
Where to follow the work of the Council, including through online and social media channels, visits, live transmissions and access to documents. How to find documentation and audiovisual material for the press.