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Founded

1974-12 Paris France

History

Dec 1974, Paris (France), by Heads of State or Government of the then 10 members of the H-XF0662 - European Communities (EC), institutionalizing a previously informal series of meetings and functioning as the European Summit of E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union. Further institutionalized by the T-XT8633 - Single European Act (SEA), signed Feb 1986, ratified by member parliaments by 31 Mar 1987, which came into force 1 Jul 1987. Article D of T-XT9113 - Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty), signed 7 Feb 1992, gives the European Council the role of providing impetus for development of the F-XF2147 - European Union (EU) and defining its general political guidelines, and of producing an annual report on the Union's progress. Although it had not been an official institution of the European Communities, the Council became one of the institutions of the European Union when the EU came into operation. The T-XT9706 - Treaty of Amsterdam, signed 2 Oct 1997 following agreement among the Heads of State and Government 16-17 Jun 1997, Amsterdam (Netherlands), at a meeting of the Council, gave a legal personality to the European Union, allowing it to negotiate as one entity. The Amsterdam treaty includes a revised section on common foreign and security policy which provides for the European Council to decide on common strategies to be implemented by the EU in areas where member states share important interests. Laeken Declaration, signed at a meeting of the Council, 15 Dec 2001, Brussels (Belgium), and the associated U-XF6255 - Convention on the Future of Europe, anticipated the creation of an 'Area of Freedom, Security and Justice'. The Convention completed its work 10 Jul 2003. Following changes introduced by the T-XT2073 - Treaty of Lisbon, the European Council became one of the EU's main institutions and under article 68 of T-XT5765 - Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), became responsible for defining strategic guidelines for the area of freedom, security and justice.

Aims

Determine the EU's general political direction and priorities - essentially setting the policy agenda for the EU.

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Structure

Comprises Heads of state or government of EU countries, President of E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC) and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Convened and chaired by President, who is elected by the Council itself. Meets 4 times a year in 'EU summits', always in Brussels (Belgium), with additional meetings possibly convened by President. General Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General - shared with E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

XE7976

Last News

2016

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