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The European Council is an institution of the European Union. It comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council, currently Herman Van Rompuy. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs, currently Catherine Ashton, takes part in its meetings.


While the European Council has no formal legislative power, it is charged under the Treaty of Lisbon with defining "the general political directions and priorities" of the Union. It is thus the Union's strategic (and crisis solving) body, acting as the collective presidency of the EU.


The meetings of the European Council, commonly referred to as EU summits, are chaired by its president and take place at least twice every six months; usually in the Justus Lipsius building, the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels.


The European Council was established as an informal body in 1975; it became an official EU institution in 2009 when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force.

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The European Council has agreed to delay the transposition deadline and application of new rules on insurance distribution. The changes, which had been due to come into force on 23 February 23, are now delayed to 1 July 2018. The application date for the new regulations is 1 October 2018.
"Next week, in Brussels, I will meet with the President of the European Commission, Mr Juncker, the President of the European Council, Mr Tusk, the Speaker of the European Parliament, Mr Tajani, and, of course, with European Commissioner for Regional Policies, Mrs. Corina Cretu. (...) It is important for ...

We just had, with President Grybauskaitė, a very good meeting, in preparation of next week's informal European Council. We discussed in particular the future budget of the EU, a topic which of course your President knows very well. The future budget of the EU will be a particular challenge to negotiate this ...
The member states will get to have their say on the strategy when they draft their conclusions at the June European Council, which will also touch on the state of relations with individual Balkan countries. Before that, the Bulgarian EU Presidency will hold a special EU/Balkan summit in Sofia in May.
Europe is facing multiple security challenges. Russia aims to undermine the European security order and has shown its willingness to violate other countries' sovereignty and increase its nuclear power. The Middle East and North Africa are on fire, homegrown terrorism threatens the streets of Europe, and ...
European Council President Donald Tusk is meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni on Feb. 14 to discuss reform to EU refugee policy, Il Sole 24 Ore reported. Currently, Tusk is touring EU capitals to build support for a permanent EU mechanism to distribute asylum seekers more evenly ...

The European Council is expected to relax its stance on the Brexit transition period, after plans to restrict access to the Single market were met with resistance from the UK. Last week Brussels published its draft treaty, which included an ominous footnote suggesting that a mechanism should be introduced ...
Warsaw is struggling to defend its reputation following controversial judicial reforms and is courting regional partners in advance of a vote in the European Council on whether it has violated European rule of law standards. Beyond this immediate concern, Warsaw is seeking allies to realize its vision of a ...
Emily O'Reilly, the European Ombudsman, has said the European Council has not been a "star pupil" when it comes to transparency and openness. Ms O'Reilly said the decisions and deliberative processes of the council, which is comprised of the heads of state in the European Union, remained oblique.
On 14 February 2018, EU ambassadors confirmed, on behalf of the Council, an agreement to delay the transposition deadline and application of new rules on insurance distribution. Directive 2016/97 is aimed at improving consumer protection for insurance products. It is currently due to apply from 23 ...
The College of Commissioners currently consists of 28 members, one from each Member State - in line with a Decision of the European Council from 22 May 2013. Before the next European Commission is appointed, leaders will have to decide whether to maintain the principle of one Member from each ...
Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU (European Council) is an additional opportunity to expand the cooperation with Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov said in an interview with Trend. He pointed out that Bulgaria welcomes the progress of the negotiations on a new comprehensive ...
If this issue is not resolved by ministers within the next months, we will need to find a solution at the June European Council. We also discussed the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia in May, where we will aim to strengthen connections both with and within the region. This spans from more investments in ...
Europe's watchdog found the Council of the European Union's lack of transparency "constitutes maladministration" and "undermines citizens' right to hold their elected representatives to account," according to a report released Tuesday. The report presents the findings of an inquiry into the notoriously ...
The meeting of the European Council will take place on 22 and 23 March 2018 in the Europa building in Brussels. The press centre remains located in the Justus Lipsius building. Apply for media accreditation. Application deadline: 1 March 2018, 12.00 (noon) ...
The Council, meeting in EU27 format, adopted supplementing negotiating directives for the Brexit negotiations, which detail the EU27 position regarding a transition period. These negotiating directives provide the Commission, as the EU negotiator, with a mandate to start discussions with the United ...
They want any EU member state to be able to demand a unanimous vote on issues at the European Council, to ensure a single-speed Europe that works for everyone. It comes after the EU threatened to reduce funding to Poland after its ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) introduced reforms that are seen to ...

Poland's reluctance to engage in EU defence cooperation and efforts to snub European defence companies are reducing its potential to emerge as a significant force in European defence. Political and personal considerations largely drive Polish leaders' scepticism of EU attempts to develop genuine ...
... direct financial aid, infrastructure funding, and bank loans. But since the fallout last summer, German and European investment banks have been reluctant to underwrite Turkey's big infrastructure projects, while there has been talk within the European Council of cutting back Turkey's pre-accession funds.
In different ways, Macron and Xi exemplify the rise of individual authority and personal aura over party politics. Macron's trip to China this week was an unpredictable meeting of two great characters from different scripts: The Artist's George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) meets Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).
On 16 October 2017 the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/1860 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Decision provides for a prohibition on the export of refined petroleum products and crude oil to the DPRK and a ban on EU investment in the ...
Bulgarian PM demands EU Council boss Tusk and Brussels STOP meddling in Poland. BULGARIAN Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has urged European Council President Donald Tusk to stop interfering in domestic issues, insisting it could give the European Union "sleepless nights". By Joe Barnes.
The past week of nationwide demonstrations in Iran, the largest in almost a decade, surprised many of the country's political leaders and elites. The endurance and repercussions of the protests are uncertain, but they have already shined an unwelcome spotlight on widespread domestic frustrations at a ...
European Council on Foreign Relations. menu. Experts · Council · Publications · Reports, Briefs & Memos · Foreign Policy Scorecard · View from the Capitals · ECFR Specials. Multimedia. Podcasts · Videos · Events · All events · Annual Council Meeting · About · About Us · Programmes · National Offices ...
... President should use twitter as much as possible https://t.co/1nUMW7sVpg. twitter icon. @PortugalNews7708 Nov UK Ambassador to address community in Cascais over Brexit https://t.co/Wfp809gQsG · Home » News » aviation safety rules and new rules on drones approved by the European Council ...
The European Council, the European Parliament and major EU countries are expected to support the commission's effort to take action. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said they would support the commission if it recommended sanctions against Warsaw.
The European Union is closely following the ongoing demonstrations in Iran, the increase of violence and the unacceptable loss of human lives. For the EU, human rights have always been a core issue in our relationship with Iran. Peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression are fundamental rights ...
This will be a gloomy Christmas for all those who care about liberal and European values in Poland. Poland's political year is ending with a double whammy. On Wednesday the EU Commission triggered article 7.1 of the EU Treaty and asked the Council to determine „that there is a clear risk of a serious ...
On 21 December 2017, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2018. This decision follows an update from President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council of 14 December 2017 on the state of implementation of the Minsk ...
The European Council (EC) has agreed a new position on the internal electricity market, placing consumer empowerment, cross-border trading and higher levels of renewables at the heart of the European Union's efforts to transition to a low carbon economy. However, the decision to adopt a target of at ...
Yesterday's discussion on migration confirmed the hierarchy of our aims, where protecting our territory, protecting our external borders as well as stemming illegal migration come first. For me, the answers to two questions, which I asked the leaders, were key. Firstly, on the need for a financial instrument ...
The Commission is satisfied that sufficient progress has been achieved in each of the three priority areas of citizens' rights, the dialogue on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and the financial settlement, as set out in the European Council Guidelines of 29 April 2017. The Commission's negotiator has ensured that ...
Last week I visited the European Commission and the European Council in Brussels. I've also been meeting ambassadors from the 27 other member states of the European Union (the "EU27") and have discussed Brexit with a number of senior British civil servants. These discussions lead me to one ...
A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations on the ability and willingness of member states to co-operate with each other has shown that Bulgaria is the least sought-after partner, and the least responsive to inquiries about common positions from other member states. This raises the question: ...
The European Council is expected to confirm that 'sufficient progress' has been made on the opening set of Brexit negotiations when it meets on Friday. Simon Usherwood previews the European Council meeting, noting that the optimism which greeted the breakthrough agreement reached on 8 December ...
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is to meet Israeli Prime Minister Bnejamin Netanyahu Tuesday evening during a two-day trip to the region during which he will also have a meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Tusk chairs European Council ...
There are increasing indications that an agreement on the first phase of Brexit talks is about to be struck. EU Council president Donald Tusk said he was "encouraged by progress" and a deal on Ireland, the "divorce bill" and citizens' rights was "getting closer". Theresa may is meeting EU figures in an attempt to finalise the ...
This unduly mixes the role of the Commission with that of the European Council, upsetting the fine balance between community interests and national interests on which the EU is built. A full-time president would defend European interests in the gathering of national finance ministers. A better option would ...
The biggest problem of course is at the highest level, when we speak about the newest and most prominent institution, the European Council. Lack of transparency at those levels of the decision-making has been consistently detrimental to the EU's image - leaving the national leaders to misrepresent the constraints they ...
The head of the Presidential Council (PC), Faiz Al Sarraj discussed with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk a number of files, including developments in the political and economic situation in Libya. Al Sarraj and Tusk met on the sidelines of the African-African Summit , which took place in ...
The European Council will make a political decision on extending sanctions against Russia in December 2017, Deputy Head of Ukraine's Presidential ... A political decision should be made at a summit of the European Council in December as to what to do next with EU sanctions against Russia.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not think Ireland will need to use its veto at the crucial Brexit summit in Brussels next month. The Republic's government has an option of playing an ace card to block progress in crunch negotiations on the UK's exit from the European Union if it determines there is ...
North Korea does not have an official nuclear doctrine. But this new research reveals how the country envisages using nuclear weapons in a conflict. The key term to summarise North Korean doctrinal thinking is "Preempting decapitation" - threatening to use nuclear weapons first if it detects the ...
On 20 November the Council agreed its position (general approach) on a Commission proposal on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The aim of the proposal is to strengthen cohesion, solidarity and democracy in Europe by offering young people the possibility to volunteer or work in beneficial projects ...
The European Council will take place on 14 and 15 December 2017 in the Europa building in Brussels. The press centre remains located in the Justus Lipsius building. Now open for last-minute accreditation requests (online only). Procedure. Please note that due to the current security situation in Belgium, ...
The EU 27 ministers today selected Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as the new seat for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and government on 22 ...
The president of the European Council has suggested David Davis must be joking if he believes it is the EU's turn to give ground in Brexit talks. Asked whether he agreed with Mr Davis's claim last night that the UK had been the one making all the concessions so far, Donald Tusk told reporters that the Brexit ...
"Big noise on stairs, nobody coming down." Alas, the old Chinese saying applies all too aptly to the European Union's latest scheme for promoting defence efforts by its member states: permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Unveiled on Monday, the new plan was hailed as 'historic' by Federica ...
European Council President Donald Tusk, who is a former Polish prime minister and a political opponent of the current Warsaw government, ...
Under article 50, if a member state decides to withdraw, the European Council then provides guidelines for its negotiations with that member ...


 

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