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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Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Ana Brnabic, new Prime Minister of Serbia
To honour the legacy of Dr. Helmut Kohl, Honorary Citizen of Europe, the three European institutions co-organised a ceremony in Strasbourg.
President Donald Tusk congratulated Mihai Tudose, new Prime Minister of Romania
In his speech held in Tallinn, President Donald Tusk welcomed the priorities set for the 6-month Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union
President Donald Tusk and the European Heads of State and Government participating in the G20 summit, held a joint press conference at the end of the meeting
Media advisory for the European ceremony of honour for Helmut Kohl in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Saturday 1 July
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 26 June - 2 July 2017
President Donald Tusk spoke about the outcome of the European Council meetings held on 22 and 23 June 2017.
The European Council on 22-23 June 2017 adopted conclusions on: security and defence, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the economy, migration and digital Europe.
The European Council on 22 June 2017 adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement on climate change.
President Donald Tusk addressed the issues on the agenda of the European Council meetings held on 22 June 2017
The European Council on 22 June 2017 adopted conclusions on security and defence.
Before the start of the European Council meeting, President Donald Tusk highlighted the main issues to be discussed on 22 and 23 June 2017
President Donald Tusk thanked President Poroshenko and Ukrainian people for their pro-European stance and congratulated them for the progress accomplished in EU-Ukraine bilateral relations.
EU Presidents will participate in a European Ceremony of Honour for former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl
EU Presidents made a joint statement on the award of the Premio Princesa de Asturias de la Concordia to the European Union
President Donald Tusk sent an invitation letter to the European Council meetings on 22 and 23 June 2017
The three European institutions co-organise a European Ceremony of Honour in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to honour Dr. Helmut Kohl, Honorary Citizen of Europe.