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.
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.