We would like to present two recent publications on the European Council to our readers:
- ‘The European Council – December 2014 to April 2016‘, a report published in May 2016 by the European Council which describes its own activity and covers the first part of President Donald Tusk’s mandate, from December 2014 to April 2016.
- ‘The European Council in 2015 – Overview of Decisions and Discussions‘, an analysis published in July 2016 by the European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) which examines the activity of the European Council in 2015.
The European Council is one of the 7 EU institutions. It defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities. It is not one of the EU’s legislating institutions, so it does not negotiate or adopt EU laws. Instead the European Council sets the EU’s policy agenda, traditionally by adopting ‘conclusions’ at European Council meetings which identify issues of concern and actions to take.
- More recent literature on the European Council can be found here.
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