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EU Open Day at the Council

On 28 May 2016, the Council of the EU and the European Council will open their doors to the public, as part of the celebrations for Europe Day.

The Council building will be open to the public on Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00. Visitors will be able to:

  • take a guided tour throughout the building and find out where the EU leaders take political decisions
  • learn more about the 28 EU countries or take part in an EU quiz  
  • discover an EU military operation that combats the human smuggling in the Mediterranean
  • join music and dancing performances

EU Open Day at the Council

On 28 May 2016, the Council of the EU and the European Council will open their doors to the public, as part of the celebrations for Europe Day.

The Council building will be open to the public on Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00. Visitors will be able to:

  • take a guided tour throughout the building and find out where the EU leaders take political decisions
  • learn more about the 28 EU countries or take part in an EU quiz  
  • discover an EU military operation that combats the human smuggling in the Mediterranean
  • join music and dancing performances

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

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

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. 

In focus

G7 calls for a global response to migration and refugee crisis

On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The G7 called for a global response to the migration and refugee crisis. Leaders pledged to increase global funding and improve legal channels of migration. 

Leaders also focused on the situation in Ukraine and recalled that existing sanctions were linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

On economy, the leaders committed to use all policy tools to achieve sustainable and balanced growth.

European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit.

Council pushes for online content portability: your online purchases with you all around the EU

On 25 May, the Council agreed its general approach on a draft regulation on cross-border portability of online content services.

Under the draft regulation, customers would be able to access everything they subscribe to in their home country - such as music, movies or sporting events - while abroad, on business trips or holidays.

 Due to increasing demand and use of mobile devices, the online access barriers would gradually disappear in the digital single market.

As a next step, the European Parliament needs to agree its position so that negotiations with the Council can start.

In focus

G7 calls for a global response to migration and refugee crisis

On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The G7 called for a global response to the migration and refugee crisis. Leaders pledged to increase global funding and improve legal channels of migration. 

Leaders also focused on the situation in Ukraine and recalled that existing sanctions were linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

On economy, the leaders committed to use all policy tools to achieve sustainable and balanced growth.

European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit.

Council pushes for online content portability: your online purchases with you all around the EU

On 25 May, the Council agreed its general approach on a draft regulation on cross-border portability of online content services.

Under the draft regulation, customers would be able to access everything they subscribe to in their home country - such as music, movies or sporting events - while abroad, on business trips or holidays.

 Due to increasing demand and use of mobile devices, the online access barriers would gradually disappear in the digital single market.

As a next step, the European Parliament needs to agree its position so that negotiations with the Council can start.