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President Tusk focused on regional stability, irregular migration and terrorist threats

On 30-31 March 2015, President Tusk visited  Malta, Spain and Tunisia to discuss how the EU can help:

  • stabilise the region
  • counter terrorist threats
  • prevent and fight illegal migration

President Tusk also discussed the crisis in Libya. He repeated EU leaders concern with the lack of a government in Libya, and the space this opens for terrorist groups to expand.

Visit Donald Tusk's webpage to know the details of his visit to the region and check his latest comments:

President Tusk focused on regional stability, irregular migration and terrorist threats

On 30-31 March 2015, President Tusk visited  Malta, Spain and Tunisia to discuss how the EU can help:

  • stabilise the region
  • counter terrorist threats
  • prevent and fight illegal migration

President Tusk also discussed the crisis in Libya. He repeated EU leaders concern with the lack of a government in Libya, and the space this opens for terrorist groups to expand.

Visit Donald Tusk's webpage to know the details of his visit to the region and check his latest comments:

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.

The Council is an essential EU decision-maker. It negotiates and adopts new EU legislation, adapts it when necessary, and coordinates policies. In most cases, the Council decides together with the European Parliament through the ordinary legislative procedure, also known as 'codecision'. 

In a number of very specific areas, the Council takes decisions using special legislative procedures - the consent procedure and the consultation procedure - where the role of the Parliament is limited. 

Topics

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

In focus

Framework for a European energy union

The energy union was one of the five priorities in the European Council's strategic agenda, adopted on 26-27 June 2014. In particular, EU leaders underlined the importance of the energy union to avoid the EU relying on energy imports. The European Council asked the Commission to present a comprehensive energy union proposal in the first quarter of 2015.

The energy union package was published on 25 February 2015. It aims to ensure affordable, secure and sustainable energy for Europe and its citizens. Specific measures cover five key areas, including energy security, energy efficiency and decarbonisation. The package builds on the 2030 climate and energy framework and the 2014 energy security strategy and integrates several policy areas into a single cohesive strategy

EU leaders discussed the energy union proposals in depth at the European Council meeting on 19-20 March 2015.

European fund for strategic investments: Council agrees its negotiating stance

On 10 March 2015 the Council agreed its negotiating stance on a draft regulation that sets out rules for establishing the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI). The agreement allows the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the final version of the regulation. Their agreement is expected by June so that the fund can start operating in mid-2015.  

The fund would be established within the European Investment Bank (EIB). It would support projects in areas such as transport, energy and digital infrastructure, education, health, and research and development, as well as risk finance for small and medium-sized businesses.  

The fund is a core element of the 'Investment plan for Europe' designed to increase investments, address market gaps and boost long-term economic growth. 

In focus

Framework for a European energy union

The energy union was one of the five priorities in the European Council's strategic agenda, adopted on 26-27 June 2014. In particular, EU leaders underlined the importance of the energy union to avoid the EU relying on energy imports. The European Council asked the Commission to present a comprehensive energy union proposal in the first quarter of 2015.

The energy union package was published on 25 February 2015. It aims to ensure affordable, secure and sustainable energy for Europe and its citizens. Specific measures cover five key areas, including energy security, energy efficiency and decarbonisation. The package builds on the 2030 climate and energy framework and the 2014 energy security strategy and integrates several policy areas into a single cohesive strategy

EU leaders discussed the energy union proposals in depth at the European Council meeting on 19-20 March 2015.

European fund for strategic investments: Council agrees its negotiating stance

On 10 March 2015 the Council agreed its negotiating stance on a draft regulation that sets out rules for establishing the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI). The agreement allows the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the final version of the regulation. Their agreement is expected by June so that the fund can start operating in mid-2015.  

The fund would be established within the European Investment Bank (EIB). It would support projects in areas such as transport, energy and digital infrastructure, education, health, and research and development, as well as risk finance for small and medium-sized businesses.  

The fund is a core element of the 'Investment plan for Europe' designed to increase investments, address market gaps and boost long-term economic growth.