This website serves two closely linked institutions - the European Council and the Council of the EU. 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.
The Council expressing a political position: conclusions and resolutions
The Council issues conclusions and resolutions to set up political commitments or positions on EU's areas of activity.
These documents can have several different purposes, such as:
- to invite an institution or a member state to take action on a specific issue
- to ask another EU institution to prepare a proposal on a topic
- to coordinate member states' actions
Before being adopted, conclusions pass through three levels at the Council: working party, Coreper and the Council configuration. Conclusions are adopted by consensus between all member states. If member states don't reach an agreement the text may be adopted as 'presidency conclusions'.