Council of the European Union

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Expanded name

Council of the European Union

Date of establishment

1979

URL

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ [external]

Objectives

The Council of the European Union is the main decision-making body of the European Union.

Areas of Activity

The Council of the European Union:

  • Passes laws (jointly with the European Parliament)
  • Co-ordinates economic policies across the European Union
  • Defines and Implements common, foreign and security policy
  • Concludes international arrangements between the EU and States or international organisations
  • Co-ordinates and adopts police and judicial co-operation between Member States
  • Act as the budgetary authority and adopt the community budget.

Membership

Each state in the European Union is able to send 1 minister to the Council of the European Union.

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