The European Council
The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission.
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The Council of the European Union
The Council of the EU is the institution representing 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.
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The Council of the EU and the European Council are active in a wide range of areas, from agriculture to justice and transport.
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The Council of the EU and the European Council work on a wide range of issues affecting the interests of the EU and its citizens.
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The European Council brings together EU leaders at least four times a year.
The Council of the EU meets in different configurations depending on the topic discussed.
Committees and working parties handle the preparatory work on files before they are discussed at Council meetings.
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Documents & Publications
Council and European Council documents are made available through the public register, in accordance with EU rules on transparency.
You can also take a look at Council publications, access the archives and search for legislation that the Council negotiates together with the European Parliament.
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The press office is the first point of contact for all media requests. Press officers speak 'off the record' about the Council's activities.
The press office holds press events, offers audiovisual coverage of major events and provides facilities for journalists.
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The headquarters of the Council of the EU and the European Council are located in Brussels (Belgium).
You can get in contact to arrange a visit, ask questions about the work of both institutions, and request a document, among other services.
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The Council agreed its negotiating stance on a regulation establishing a structural reform programme to help member states implement structural reforms.
The Council agreed its negotiating stance on a one-year extension for the application of new rules on investments in financial instruments.
The Council endorsed the deal struck with the European Parliament on the 4th railway package political pillar.
President Donald Tusk met President of Albania Bujar Nishani in Brussels to discuss Albanian European aspirations.
President Donald Tusk held a joint press conference in Gazientep, at the end of his visit to Turkey.
On 23rd April 2016, President Donald Tusk
visited Turkey to discuss the implementation of the 18 March EU-Turkey joint
Overview of the main subjects to be
discussed at meetings of the Council of the EU over the next two
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 23-29 April 2016
Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented the outcome of the Eurogroup meeting, which covered Greece, insolvency frameworks and the single supervisory mechanism for banks.
The Eurogroup agrees on principles for improving the efficiency of national insolvency frameworks.
President Tusk, European Commission First Vice President Timmermans and German Federal Chancellor Merkel visit Turkey to discuss the implementation of the 18 March EU-Turkey joint statement.
The EU and its 28 member states sign the Paris Agreement on climate concluded at COP 21 in December 2015
Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker met Indonesian
President Widodo and discussed EU-Indonesia relations including trade and
On 21 April 2016, the Council adopted the
final text of the directive on procedural safeguards for children who are
suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings.
On 21 of April, the Council adopted a directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.
The Council approved the conclusion of EU agreement with San Marino aimed at improving tax compliance by private savers.
Main agenda items, approximate timing, public sessions and press opportunities.
The presidency reached an informal agreement with the Parliament
on the 4th railway package 'market pillar', subject to approval by the
On 19 April 2016, the Council adopted
conclusions on Countering Hybrid Threats.