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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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Reaffirming the need of continued dedication of the EU and inviting EU institutions to report regularly on the progress of the country in the Euro-integration process, including the aforementioned issues, the Council is going to revisit this issue before the start of the summer, states the fourth and last paragraph of the draft conclusion on Macedonia of the Council of the EU.
Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1st for a period of six months.
Lithuania will coordinate its presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2013 with Ireland, which will hold the presidency before Lithuania, and with Greece, which will hold the EU presidency for the first half of 2014.
decision in detail and present its conclusions to the Council of the EU regarding the adoption of countermeasures around the middle of September.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister presented the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On Friday 17 November 2017, a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) convened in Brussels as part of the negotiations between the Council of the EU and the European Parliament on the 2018 EU Budget.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki paid a working visit to the Council of the EU and the European Parliament in Brussels from 11 to 13 November, where he discussed Macedonia's progress in 2014 and the forthcoming activities of the Joint Parliamentary Committee.
These are the five areas in which Macedonia needs to make progress over the coming period and present it to the Council of the EU.
She has been involved in translation operation management since 1995, being in charge of translation of the acquis communautaire into Estonian before her country's accession to the EU, managing the Estonian language unit in the Council of the EU from 2004 to 2008 and the Estonian language department of DG Translation from 2008 to 2011.
Teuta Arifi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, says in her interview with Nova Makedonija that Macedonia gained something after all from the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU.
The Council of the EU met, on 13 November, and gave its green light to the continuation, for a five-year period, of the energy efficiency programme Energy Star, which was adopted jointly with the US.
The European Commission and the Council of the EU has 42,789 red, white and sparkling wines as well as nearly 2,000 bottles of spirits in their cellars, with the stash worth at least PS210,000.

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