European Council conclusions

European Council conclusions are adopted during each European Council meeting. They are used to identify specific issues of concern for the EU and outline particular actions to take or goals to reach. European Council conclusions can also set a deadline for reaching agreement on a particular item or for the presentation of legislative proposal. In this way, the European Council is able to influence and guide the EU's policy agenda.

Ahead of the European Council meeting, the President of the European Council drafts guidelines for the conclusions. These are then discussed at the General Affairs Council and later adopted at the European Council meeting. Conclusions are adopted by consensus between all EU member states.

European Council conclusions from 2004 onwards are available in the public register of official documents.

Conclusions prior to 2004 are available via the links below.

The European Council also holds informal or exceptional meetings of heads of state or government, sometimes with a third country (a country outside of the EU). Following these meetings, leaders usually adopt a statement or declaration rather than official conclusions. 

These documents are not available in the public register. Those adopted since 2004 are listed below:

  • meetings with Turkey

Please note that European Council conclusions are only available in the languages of the countries that were EU member states at the time.