The Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts legislation in a number of areas relating to the production of food, rural development and the management of fisheries.
The Competitiveness Council seeks to boost the EU's competitiveness and growth. In so doing, it covers policy areas as varied as the internal market, industry, research and innovation and space.
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council is responsible for economic policy coordination, financial markets and capital movements and taxation matters. It prepares the EU's annual budget, handles economic relations with countries outside the EU and takes care of legal and practical aspects of the single currency, the euro.
The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council supports, coordinates and supplements the work of member states in these areas.
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council supports EU countries in their efforts to raise employment levels. It adopts legislation aimed at improving working conditions, social inclusion and gender equality.
The Environment Council is responsible for EU environment policy, including environmental protection, prudent use of resources and the protection of human health. It also deals with international environmental issues, especially in the area of climate change.
The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) is responsible for the EU's external action, ranging from foreign policy and defence to trade, development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
At its sessions on General Affairs, the Council deals with dossiers that affect more than one of the Union's policies, such as negotiations on EU enlargement, preparation of the Union's multi-annual budgetary perspective or institutional and administrative issues.
The Justice and Home Affairs Council adopts legislation in several cross-border issues, including the free movement of people, asylum and immigration policies, judicial cooperation and the fight against crime and terrorism.
The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council works towards fulfilling EU objectives in these three areas. This includes establishing modern, competitive and efficient markets and infrastructure, and creating trans-European transport, communications and energy networks.