What is the Council?
The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. 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.
EU at the Paris climate change conference
On 30 November, the EU will join the 21st Conference of the Parties (or COP21), which is the annual meeting of over 190 countries taking action against climate change.
The conference will aim to achieve a legally binding and global agreement on climate change. The main goal will be to keep the global warming below 2°C.
The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
The EU plays an important role in international climate negotiations and has set strict goals for the international agreement on climate change - mainly for reaching clear, fair and ambitious targets and holding all countries accountable.
The Council approves energy union governance
On 26 November, ministers of energy agreed on the implementation of the energy union.
The new governance system will monitor the EU's progress towards the achievement of EU energy and climate targets and its general policy objectives. This will provide consistent and transparent overview of the state of the energy union.
The system should work on the basis of existing programmes and should not add any administrative burden. The essential components of the governance system include:
- national energy and climate plan to be adopted by each member state from 2021 to 2030
- progress reports on the implementation of the national plan
- dialogues between the Commission and the member states
- monitoring and evaluation based on key indicators