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.
Ministers discuss the 4th railway package and real car emissions
Ministers are expected to agree on a Council's position on the 4th railway package that seeks to open the market to more actors and improve the governance of railway infrastructure. This would be a step towards the Single European rail area.
Following recent revelations on manipulated emissions testing for diesel vehicles both in Europe and the United States, transport ministers will be briefed on emission testing procedures by European Commission. They will mainly focus on emission testing in real driving conditions for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
EU begins the active phase of Operation Sophia
On 7 October 2015 the EU starts the first step of the second phase of operation Sophia, formerly EU NAVFOR Med. The EU naval operation against human smugglers in the Mediterranean will be able to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law.
This operation is part of a comprehensive EU approach to migration, which aims to address the root causes of migration, protect those in need and target the criminal networks of people smugglers.