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.
Bosnia and Herzegovina closer to the EU
The Council adopted conclusions on the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership of the EU.
"We have seen Bosnia and Herzegovina working hard on the clearly defined conditions and delivering on them," said state secretary Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency at the press conference after the Council meeting on 20 September.
In accordance with the accession procedure laid down in the EU treaty, ministers asked the European Commission to give its opinion on the application. If the opinion is positive, the European Council can decide on granting Bosnia and Herzegovina a candidate status.
Bosnia and Herzegovina applied for EU membership on 15 February 2016.