The roles of the European Council and the Council of the EU
The role of the European Council and the Council of the EU explained
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 represents the member states' governments. Informally Also known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.