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Luxembourg takes over the Council presidency

On 1 July 2015, Luxembourg takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU from Latvia. During its 6 months in the role, the Luxembourg Presidency will chair meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work. 

The Luxembourg Presidency work programme is based around a number of themes, including: stimulating investment to boost growth and employment; deepening the EU's social dimension; managing migration, freedom, justice and security; revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension; and promoting sustainable development.

Luxembourg will hold the presidency until 31 December 2015.

Luxembourg takes over the Council presidency

On 1 July 2015, Luxembourg takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU from Latvia. During its 6 months in the role, the Luxembourg Presidency will chair meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work. 

The Luxembourg Presidency work programme is based around a number of themes, including: stimulating investment to boost growth and employment; deepening the EU's social dimension; managing migration, freedom, justice and security; revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension; and promoting sustainable development.

Luxembourg will hold the presidency until 31 December 2015.

The European Council

The European Council defines the EU's general political direction and priorities. It consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President.

The Council of the EU

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.

This website serves two closely linked institutions - the European Council and the Council of the EU. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership. 

Topics

The European Council and the Council of the EU are active in a wide range of areas, including:

In focus

The Council expressing a political position: conclusions and resolutions

The Council issues conclusions and resolutions to set up political commitments or positions on EU's areas of activity.

These documents can have several different purposes, such as: 

  • to invite an institution or a member state to take action on a specific issue
  • to ask another EU institution to prepare a proposal on a topic
  • to coordinate member states' actions

Before being adopted, conclusions pass through three levels at the Council: working party, Coreper and the Council configuration. Conclusions are adopted by consensus between all member states. If member states don't reach an agreement the text may be adopted as 'presidency conclusions'.

In focus

The Council expressing a political position: conclusions and resolutions

The Council issues conclusions and resolutions to set up political commitments or positions on EU's areas of activity.

These documents can have several different purposes, such as: 

  • to invite an institution or a member state to take action on a specific issue
  • to ask another EU institution to prepare a proposal on a topic
  • to coordinate member states' actions

Before being adopted, conclusions pass through three levels at the Council: working party, Coreper and the Council configuration. Conclusions are adopted by consensus between all member states. If member states don't reach an agreement the text may be adopted as 'presidency conclusions'.