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.
Council agrees entry and resident rules for non-EU researchers and students
On 26 November, the Committee of Permanent Representatives approved a deal reached with the European Parliament on a draft directive. This directive aims to promote the EU as a world centre of excellence for studies and training. It provides harmonised conditions of entry and residence in the EU for third-country researchers, students, trainees and volunteers taking part in the European voluntary service. It also improves the situation of researchers and students in aspects including mobility, entry of family members or access to work.
The Council is expected to confirm the agreement at its meeting on 4 December 2015.