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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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European Council President Donald Tusk has praised Macedonia's efforts to reconcile with its neighbors as it accelerates its bid to join the European Union, saying such efforts are needed across the Western Balkans and are "important" for Europe. Speaking at a regional summit in Skopje on April 27, Tusk ...
Press statement by Zoran ZAEV, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, following his meeting with Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, on 27 April 2018, in Skopje. Video details. Duration: 00:06:17; Shoot date: 27/04/2018; Reference: 119024-1. Type: Press conference; Location: ...

By Yusuf Hatip. BRUSSELS. The EU on Thursday decided to impose “further restrictive measures” on Myanmar, according to the European Council. “The Council extended the existing embargo on arms and equipment that can be used for internal repression for one year,” it said in a statement.
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David Koranyi is a European Council on Foreign Relations council member and a senior fellow for energy diplomacy at the Atlantic Council. He formerly served as under-secretary of state and chief foreign policy and national security adviser to Hungarian prime minister Gordon Bajnai. Chris Maroshegyi is ...
Introductory remarks. Let me brief you on the outcome of the March European Council, where leaders tackled a number of issues, ranging from Russia and Turkey to trade, taxation and, of course, Brexit. The European Council agreed with the UK Government's assessment that it is highly likely that the ...

Closing remarks by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, at the European Parliament, on the outcome of the European Council meeting of 22 and 23 March 2018. Video details. Duration: 00:01:45; Shoot date: 18/04/2018; Reference: 118818-2. Type: Speech; Location: Strasbourg, France; Ratio: 16:9.
The Council adopted today its position on the regulation modernising the EU's trade defence instruments, following the political agreement reached with the EP in December 2017. This step clears the way for the final adoption of the text by the Parliament in the coming weeks. The regulation amends the ...
Bloomberg reports the breaking news, citing that the European Council announced an extension to the sanctions on Iran by one year. The European Council extends the travel ban and asset freezes against eighty-two people. Also, the sanctions for human-rights violations are extended. Information on ...
The Foreign Ministry on Friday rejected the European Council conclusions on Turkey and accused the EU of being biased. On Thursday, the council in a meeting ahead of a Turkey-EU summit in Varna on March 26, condemned Turkey's actions in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, which separate ...
The European Council condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent attack in Salisbury, expresses its deepest sympathies to all whose lives have been threatened and lends its support to the ongoing investigation. It agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessment that it is highly likely that ...
European Council conclusions on the Western Balkans and actions by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, 22 March 2018 ... The European Council expressed its grave concern over the continued detention of EU citizens in Turkey, including two Greek soldiers, and calls for the swift ...
In this context, the European Council strongly condemned Turkey's continued illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. This issue will be raised in Varna, where we hope to have a wide-ranging discussion on EU-Turkey relations and on the way ahead. I am aware that it will not be ...
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Brussels today for the start of a two-day European Council meeting. EU leaders will be focussing on the progress of the Brexit negotiations. Mr Varadkar says he hopes that guidelines on the future relationship between the EU and the UK will be agreed by the council.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, speaks with from left,Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, European Council President Donald Tusk, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa during a round table meeting at an EU summit at the Europa building in ...
Prime Minister Theresa May has said the European Council is “standing together” on the Salisbury nerve agent attack as she warned the threat from Russia “respects no borders”. Mrs May was speaking after winning the backing of EU leaders who accepted the only “plausible explanation” for the poisoning ...
The draft reads that “recalling its conclusions of October 2014 and the Declaration of September 21, 2005, the European Council urgently calls on Turkey to cease these actions and respect the sovereign right of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in accordance with EU and International Law ...

CPJ calls on European Council and European Commission to raise press freedom with Turkey. March 22, 2018 4:11 PM ET. Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council Rue de la Loi 175 1048 Brussels Belgium Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Rue de la Loi 200 1 049 Brussels
While expecting the US decision on exempting the EU from the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium, I had decided to move the trade discussion to later this evening. We will present the EU's approach in more detail tomorrow, following the leaders' debate. Today, we had a frank discussion on taxation.
The European Council condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent attack in Salisbury, expresses its deepest sympathies to all whose lives have been threatened and lends its support to the ongoing investigation. It agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessment that it is highly likely that ...
At the upcoming spring European Council we will focus on trade and the planned US tariffs, the economic situation in the EU, digital taxation as well as Turkey and Russia. Additionally, we will discuss Brexit at 27 and the euro area reforms in the Euro Summit formation of 19 Leaders. First we will discuss ...
The European Council, meeting in an EU27 format, adopted the guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the UK after Brexit. The Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, updated the EU27 heads of state or government on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations. The EU wants to ...
President of the European Council Donald Tusk has offered condolences to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic fire at a drug rehabilitation centre in Baku on Friday 2 March, in which unfortunately many lives were lost,” said Tusk in his letter.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has expressed his concern over the death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili and the detention of two others in Georgia's Russian occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). Meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in Brussels, ...
Significant progress on funding and co-ordination, but problematic partnerships with local militias and abuses by security services still hamper prospects for EU's Sahel strategy. The Brussels conference that took place at the end of February capped off a year of frantic activity on the part of regional countries ...
“EU-Georgia relations are strong and we enjoy an excellent partnership,” the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk stated at the joint press-conference with the Georgian President, Giorgi Margvelashvili, who is in Brussels on an official visit. Tusk emphasized that the EU remains fully committed ...
The European Council has downplayed the likelihood of the United Kingdom staying in the regional regulatory network after Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May talked up the mutual benefits of the UK becoming an associate member of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) last week, only for the ...
SPEAKING in Luxembourg, European Council President Donald Tusk set out the European Union's guidelines for the next phase of Brexit talks. GOOD afternoon. I am very happy to be back in Luxembourg. And very happy to be here with my colleague and good friend, Prime Minister [Xavier] Bettel, ...
The European Council has adopted a set of conclusions on climate diplomacy, highlighting the need for urgent implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. The Council resolves to mainstream the nexus between climate change and security in policy dialogue and conflict ...
With elections approaching, the fact that Italy's EU cohesion profile is approaching Britain's is cause for grave concern across Europe. For decades, Italy played a crucial role in building the European Union. For French and German policymakers Europe was a pragmatic means of avoiding conflict through ...
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has the support of high-ranking European officials to become the next president of the European Council in 2019, when the mandate of Donald Tusk expires, Hotnews.ro reported citing sources in Brussels. It is not clear if Iohannis, whose mandate expires at the end of ...
The European Council president said he would ask Theresa May at their meeting in London whether the UK has "a better idea that would be as effective in preventing a hard border" as that set out in Brussels' draft withdrawal agreement - which has been rejected as unacceptable by the Prime Minister.
Theresa May has been given a stark warning that her Brexit red lines will inevitably cause friction in trade between the UK and EU. The Prime Minister is facing a frenetic 48 hours of Brexit diplomacy as she tries to secure a united Cabinet ahead of crunch talks with European Council president Donald Tusk ...
Thank you, Emma (Marcegaglia), for your reflections, for your determination and dedication, and of course, for inviting me to this 60th anniversary event; and thank you for our excellent cooperation in the framework of the Tripartite Summit, where the social partners will meet again this month. I want to, first ...
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. Procedure. Please note that for last-minute accreditation, media representatives applying for the ...
The European Council has emphasised repeatedly the importance of the digital single market strategy and called for the speeding up of the implementation of the strategy, which includes the removal of remaining barriers to the free circulation of goods and services sold online and for tackling unjustified ...
On the issue of lead candidates — the so-called Spitzenkandidaten or Spitzenkandidatinnen — there was agreement that the European Council cannot guarantee in advance that it will propose one of the lead candidates for President of the European Commission. There is no automaticity in this process.
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) ...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center left, and European Council President Donald Tusk, center right, walk together to a media conference at the end of an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. European Union leaders met without Britain Friday ...
Today, EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional agreement on the four legislative proposals of the waste package reached with the European Parliament on 18 December 2017. The waste package will lead to more recycling of waste and contribute to the creation of a circular economy. It will improve the ...
The Council will begin preparations of the March European Council. ... in EU27 format, will be informed by the Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier about the state of play of the Brexit negotiations with the UK, and will consider a draft annotated agenda for the next European Council (Article 50).
Romania's President Klaus Iohannis will be attending an informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels on Friday, according to the Presidential Administration. Featuring on the agenda of the meeting are negotiations over the post-2020 multiannual financial framework, as well as institutional ...
Theresa May's position on the Brexit negotiations is based on “pure illusion”, the president of the European Council warned on Friday. Donald Tusk told a press conference in Brussels this afternoon that the UK is “cherry-picking” its future relationship with the EU, adding: “It seems like the 'cake' philosophy ...
On 21 February 2018, EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on revised rules for the funding of European political parties and foundations. This enables the Bulgarian presidency to begin negotiations with the European Parliament. The changes target certain abusive practices, such as the creation ...
The European Council has agreed to reimburse levies imposed on sugar producers after a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that ruled the excess sums had been incorrectly calculated. The regulation adopted by the Council refers to payments made by sugar producers and beet growers ...
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 ...


 

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