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Council of the European Union

the body that represents the interests of member states in the EUROPEAN UNION (EU). While instructed by and representing the home states, the members of Council act as a Community institution and not as delegates to intergovernmental conferences, although this theoretical position is not always easily observed in practice. Sometimes more than one representative actually attends and different representatives attend at different meetings. Practically, two types of meeting take place: general council meetings, which are attended by foreign ministers, and special councils, which are attended by ministers from the member state with responsibility for the area of activity. Because the same person need not be in attendance, it is possible that a number of'councils’ meet at the same time. It is the Union's legislative body. For a wide range of EU issues, it exercises that legislative power with the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT. It coordinates the broad economic policies of the member states. It concludes international agreements with one or more states or international organizations. It shares budgetary authority with the Parliament. It takes the decisions necessary for framing and implementing the common foreign and security policy, on the basis of general guidelines established by the EUROPEAN COUNCIL, and coordinates the activities of member states and adopts measures in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Depending on what powers it exercises, it requires to vote unanimously or sometimes by qualified majority. To amend a Commission proposal without the Commission's consent, unanimity among Council members is required. The Presidency is held on a rota for six months in alphabetic rotation - each member state assuming its position in the alphabet by virtue of its own-language name.
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The meetings of the General Affairs Council are held on a monthly basis and in the first half of 2018 they are chaired by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The report of the European Commission concerning Georgia and Ukraine and visa liberalization must be submitted on December 15, which comes after the Council of the EU Foreign Ministers, so we do not plan to discuss the issue at the council," the source said.
At the proposal of the European External Action Service, the Council of the EU is also going to call on all parties to take immediate measures to restart political dialogue and restore trust in institutions, as well as to investigate allegations by fully honoring all procedures.
After this, it remains unclear whether the postponement of these two laws, upon the demand of BDI, will mean that changes will be made or that the laws are postponed only not to present a problem for the Council of the EU which will debate on Macedonia's recommendation.
The Council of the EU failed to assess the independence of PIB's directors when determining whether PIB was owned by Bank Mellat.
In August 2012, the Council of the EU reversed its decision for imposing sanctions against Divandari after the latter party filed a complaint at international bodies and sued the EU over its illegal action.
Lithuania is set to take over, on 1 July, the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Barroso and his team of 26 commissioners are in Dublin for the official launch of the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU.
On 19 December, the Council of the EU decided not to oppose the adoption of the European Commission's decision establishing, under the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), yearly allowances for the emissions quotas of the member states for the period 2013-2020, in line with the member states' Decision 406/2009/EC on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
On 19 December 2012, the Council of the EU decided not to oppose the adoption of the European Commission's decision establishing, under the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), yearly allowances for the emissions quotas of the member states for the period 2013-2020, in line with the member states' Decision 406/2009/EC on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
On Sunday the President will inaugurate a photo exhibition at the Hellenic Centre, organized in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Summary: Brussels - The President of the Council of the EU Herman Van Rompuy offered on Saturday condolences to the families of the victims of the Minaret collapse in Meknes, and expressed solidarity with the Moroccan people and authorities.

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