The Council of the European Union



The Council brings together the representatives of the governments of the European Union member states, at ministerial level (normal Council) or at head of state or government level (European Council) and reflects the national interests and views of each Member State within the Union.

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Council Presidencies

Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the Council has a permanent President. In parallel, the Presidency of the Council is held in rotation every 6 months by a different Member State, in accordance to a pre-defined order set in a Council Decision.

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Permanent Representations

Permanent Representations play a key role in ensuring the day-to-day follow-up of all matters handled at Council levels, both as regards the supplying of information and analysis to their national government and as regards the communication of the position of their government to the relevant EU institutions.”

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How Council Works

Councils are organised according to nine different configurations that basically reflect the broad themes handled at EU level

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