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.
Learn about the work of the Council and the European Council
The Council and the European Council are two separate institutions, supported by the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). Which is the political and which the legislative institution? What are the tasks of the GSC? What is the Council presidency?
Legislative decisions are made following different rules. How does the Council voting system work? What is simple majority, qualified majority and unanimity?
Euro area countries also meet in a body called Eurogroup. Is your country included? When was the Euro area created?
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