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Council of the European Union,

institution of the European UnionEuropean Union
(EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the European Community (EC), an economic and political confederation of European nations, and other organizations (with the same member nations)
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 (EU) that has the final vote on legislation proposed by the European CommissionEuropean Commission
(EC), institution of the European Union (EU) invested with executive powers; it also is the main EU institution that initiates legislation. Located in Brussels, Belgium, it was founded in 1967 when the three treaty organizations comprising what was then the
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 and approved by the European ParliamentEuropean Parliament,
an institution of the governing body of the European Union (EU). It convenes on a monthly basis in Strasbourg, France; most meetings of the separate parliamentary committees are held in Brussels, Belgium, and its Secretariat is located in Luxembourg.
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; in some cases the council, unlike the parliament, may initiate new laws. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the Council was established as the Council of Ministers of the European Communities in 1967, when the EU's predecessor, the European Community, was formally constituted. Its name was changed to the Council of the European Union in 1993.

The council is composed of one minister from the government of each EU nation. Membership is fluid, with each government sending the minister appropriate to the subject then under consideration by the council. The foreign minister is generally regarded as the coordinator and main representative of each government's delegation. The presidency of the council rotates among the member nations. Much of the council's work is prepared by a general secretariat and the Committee of Permanent Representatives, or COREPER, composed of officials from the national governments. Although unanimity of the council is still required in some cases, the Single European Act (1987) increased the council's ability to make decisions based on a majority vote, and that ability has since been expanded; voting is done using a system that requires both a majority of nations and population.

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In Ivanov's opinion, the people of Macedonia are tired of the blockade of Macedonia's European integration and the indecisiveness of the Council of the EU.
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The expansion of the Schengen Area was not part of the agenda of the JHA meeting, according to representatives of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.
Today the formal Environment Council of the EU took a step forward in reforming the EU s Emissions Trading System (ETS).
At a meeting of the General Affairs Council of the EU, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states are going to pass Tuesday for the first time conclusions concerning the political situation in Macedonia, MIA's Brussels-based correspondent reports.
The European Union urged the Tajik authorities to ensure the transparency of the elections in order to ensure long-term political stability in the country, according the communique, signed at the end of the IV meeting of the Council of the EU and Tajikistan, which took place in Luxembourg on October 20.
On 28-29 July, the Council of the EU Working Party of Trade Questions is meeting in Brussels to consider, amongst other things, proposed amendments to the existing EU rules concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
It further noted that "the presidency of the Council of the EU, where ministers sit, rotates between the 28 member-states every six months".
He noted that the number of foreign leaders invited for the inauguration ceremony was extremely limited- restricted to the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Arab states, the country presiding the Council of the EU (Greece) and the Republic of Cyprus.
Fine Gael's Brian Hayes said talks on the deal, which began during the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU last year, were key to foreign investment.
The Council of the EU made clear that deposits in Cyprus are guaranteed only if not exceed e1/4100,000, excluding any support from European institutions for providing further guarantees from Cyprus Government, in a written response to the to the Cypriot MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou on February 24, 2014 In its response the Council says that, in accordance with the provisional agreement reached on 17 December 2013, between the Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, Cyprus and the other Member States of the EU it is required to ensure that the Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGS) can make payments to eligible depositors when deposits become unavailable.
Meanwhile, it is already completely clear that on Tuesday (17 December), the Council of the EU will not set us with a date but it is unclear what Ahmeti and BDI are to do?

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