Environmental statement 2016 - 2015 data
This report sets out the environmental management system in place at the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). It also explains its performance in relation to environmental issues between 2010 and 2015. In this period the GSC managed to reduce its energy consumption by 15% and the amount of paper used per person by 61%, making the GSC exemplary in its application of the environmental policies adopted by the Council of the European Union.
The European Union - Facts and figures
How many people live in Italy? What's the political system in Lithuania? And what is the capital of Cyprus called?
Find the answers to these questions and many more in the updated version of 'The European Union - Facts and figures'.
This booklet comes in a handy small format and gives essential information on the European Union, its institutions, member states and candidate countries. It contains facts on official languages, government websites and other useful data about each country.
The publication is available in 24 EU languages.
Traineeships in the Council of the European Union
Are you interested in a traineeship in the General Secretariat of the Council? In this leaflet you will find all the information you need about traineeships, including the selection procedure, the duration of traineeships and a contact list for additional questions.
Map of the European quarter in Brussels
This practical map in pocket format helps you to find your way around the European quarter in Brussels. It shows your where to find the EU institutions, including Council, Commission and Parliament, as well as the member states' permanent representations. It is available in English and French.
The EU integrated political crisis response - IPCR - arrangements
The integrated political crisis response (IPCR) arrangements provide a flexible crisis mechanism for the Council presidency when dealing with disasters of natural or human origin, as well as terrorism. The brochure describes the IPCR tools which improve the EU's ability to share information, make joint decisions and coordinate responses at the highest political level. The tools include a web platform, 24/7 contact points and reporting.
Consolidated Treaties, Charter of Fundamental Rights 2016
EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2015
The report covers the actions and policies undertaken by the EU in 2015 in pursuit of its goals to promote universal respect for fundamental rights and freedoms. It outlines EU policy developments in human rights and democracy on thematic issues throughout 2015. These include the Union's approach to conflicts and crisis, its trade and development cooperation, but also the way in which the EU addressed challenges in the sphere of human rights and democracy, such as tackling discrimination, the death penalty, torture and other ill-treatment, and promoting democracy and free elections, freedom of religion or belief, and supporting human rights defenders.
The country-by-country coverage that was included in previous editions of this annual report can still be found in the Council's Public Register.
The report is available in English, French and Spanish.
The Euratom Treaty - consolidated version
This publication contains the consolidated - updated - version of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, including annexes and protocols. It incorporates the amendments made by the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009.
Council's Rules of Procedure and comments on Council's Rules of Procedure
How is the Council's work prepared? Which voting arrangements apply? What are the rules on public debates? This practical guide answers these and many other questions relating to the Council's structure, its proceedings and decision-making. It is, in particular, aimed at delegates and rotating Council presidencies with a view to providing information on the legal environment and helping prepare presidencies.
In addition to comments, the booklet also contains the Rules of Procedure of the European Council and of the Council. It exists in 23 EU languages.
Civil Law - European Judicial Cooperation
The e-book is a useful tool for legal practitioners, national authorities, law students and citizens with an interest in European civil law, all in a practical e-book format.
European flags colouring book
How do you explain Europe to young kids? This educational colouring book could be a start. Colour the flags of the EU countries (with models), write down their names and place them on the map of Europe. Both for home and school.
Guide to the ordinary legislative procedure
This handbook explains all you need to know about the revised ordinary legislative procedure and sets out the respective roles of the Presidency and the General Secretariat of the Council. It describes the various stages of the procedure: the three readings, the conciliation procedure and the trilogues. It also contains a list of relevant legal bases, tables presenting the stages in graphic form, and deadlines.
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.
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.