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.
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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).
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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.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 19 - 25 June 2017
President Donald Tusk congratulated the new Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 12-16 June 2017
President Donald Tusk congratulated Theresa May, reappointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 5-11 June 2017
At the press
conference of the 19th EU-China summit, President Donald Tusk underlined the
strategic partnership between the EU and China.
On 28 may 2017, President Donald Tusk discussed transatlantic relations under the new US administration and the future of Europe with Slovak PM Robert Fico and the Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 26 May - 4 June
On the first day of the summit in Italy, the G7 leaders adopted the Taormina Statement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Donald Tusk presented his expectations ahead of a difficult G7 summit in Italy,
focusing on preserving the G7 unity on global challenges, foreign affairs, and
the migration issues.
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the
European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, met the President of the United
States, Donald Trump.
Speech by President Donald Tusk at the Charlemagne Prize ceremony 2017 in Aachen, Germany.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 22-28 May 2017
President Tusk and the High Representative
Mogherini both expressed their readiness to work closely with President Moon
and the new Korean government.
European Council President Donald Tusk met in Paris the new French President Emmanuel Macron to share views on the future of Europe.
President Donald Tusk presented to the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg the outcome of the Special European Council (Art. 50) of 29 April 2017.
On 25 May 2017, the EU-US leaders' meeting between Presidents Tusk, Trump and Juncker will take place in the Europa building in Brussels.