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Towards a new settlement for the UK in the EU

Discussions at the European Council on 18 and 19 February will be dominated by the negotiations on the UK deal and the ongoing migration and refugee crisis.

Following intense negotiations at all levels on the proposed deal with the UK, EU leaders will seek to reach an agreement at their meeting in Brussels.

On the migration and refugee crisis, the European Council will look at the implementation of the decisions already taken and prepare the ground for future decisions to be taken at its next meeting in March.

Discussions will focus on humanitarian assistance, external border management, the implementation of the EU-Turkey Action Plan and the operation of hotspots.

Towards a new settlement for the UK in the EU

Discussions at the European Council on 18 and 19 February will be dominated by the negotiations on the UK deal and the ongoing migration and refugee crisis.

Following intense negotiations at all levels on the proposed deal with the UK, EU leaders will seek to reach an agreement at their meeting in Brussels.

On the migration and refugee crisis, the European Council will look at the implementation of the decisions already taken and prepare the ground for future decisions to be taken at its next meeting in March.

Discussions will focus on humanitarian assistance, external border management, the implementation of the EU-Turkey Action Plan and the operation of hotspots.

The European Council

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

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents 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.

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.