08-09/12/2016 Meeting

On 9 December, EU ministers agreed position on the reform of the European asylum system. The reform is to adapt and reinforce the Eurodac system (EU's fingerprint database) and to expand its scope, with a view to facilitating returns and helping tackle irregular migration.

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.