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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President Donald Tusk sent the invitation letter, the Leaders' Agenda and the Bratislava implementation report to the members of the European Council for their meetings on 19 and 20 October 2017.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 16 - 22 October 2017
At the 125th plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions, President Tusk highlighted recent achievements of the EU and challenges ahead.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 10-15 October 2017
President Tusk highlighted the main results of the 14th EU-India summit held in New Delhi on 6 October 2017.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 2-8 October 2017
President Tusk explained how the digital summit today will prepare European Council conclusions in October and his guiding principles while building the EU leaders agenda 2017/18.
Ahead of the Digital summit, President Donald Tusk explained how the debate among EU leaders yesterday will help him to build the agenda of the European Council
Following his meeting in London with Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Tusk assessed the status of the Brexit talks.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 25 September - 1 October 2017
President Donald Tusk addressed a letter to the 28 heads of state or government before their informal dinner in Tallinn on Thursday 28 September 2017.
Addressing the UN General Assembly on behalf of the European Union, President Tusk defended a rules-based global order.
In the margins of the 72th UN General Assembly in New York, President Donald Tusk addressed climate change at a high-level event on the Global Pact for the Environment organised by President Emmanuel Macron.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 17-24 September 2017
President Tusk received the letters of credentials from three new ambassadors to the European Union.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 24 - 30 July 2017
Statement by President Donald Tusk on the situation in Poland
President Tusk received the letters of credentials from seven new ambassadors to the European Union.
During their meeting, President Tusk and President Vučić discussed EU perspective for Serbia, the situation in Western Balkans and Serbia dialogue with Kosovo.