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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Council and European Council documents are made available through the public register, in accordance with EU rules on transparency.
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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).
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President Donald Tusk made some remarks before the start of the summit on migration along the Balkan route organised by Chancellor Kern in Vienna.
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 24-30 September 2016
Addressing the UN General Assembly on behalf of the European Union, President Tusk conveyed that EU wants a free and open world governed by the rule of law.
President Donald Tusk addressed the US hosted leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis held on the margins of 71st UN General Assembly.
The EU calls for investigations to be opened into all crimes committed during the most recent fighting in South Sudan. Those responsible for the loss of hundreds of lives and atrocious acts of sexual violence must be brought to justice.
The Council adopted legal acts which, for the first time, will allow the EU to apply sanctions autonomously to ISIL/Da'esh and persons and entities associated or supporting them.
The Council adopted the country and regional issues part of the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2015.
The Council adopted conclusions asking the Commission to provide an assessment of the application of Bosnia and Herzegovina for membership of the EU.
The Council approved the conclusion of an EU agreement with Andorra aimed at improving tax compliance by private savers.
The Council issued a recommendation on the establishment of national boards to analyse developments in relation to productivity and competitiveness.
The Council appointed Julian King as commissioner for security union.
Donald Tusk is in New York for the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly and
spoke at the UN summit for refugees and migrants.
Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 18-23 September
During the press conference of the
Bratislava summit President Tusk presented the outcome of the discussions
and the Bratislava Roadmap.
Declaration and roadmap following the Bratislava Summit of 27 member states devoted to diagnose the present state of the European Union and discuss a common future.
Upon his arrival to Bratislava, President Tusk presented his expectations for the meeting of the 27 leaders.
The Council prolonged EU sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity until 15 March 2017.
The Council gave its final approval to the European Border and Coast Guard. The adoption of the regulation paves the way for the Border and Coast Guard to begin its activities in mid-October.