Council of the European Union

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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 a 2003 speech to the European Parliament, Statewatch News editor Tony Bunyan stated that less than 50 percent of the contents of documents on the Council of the European Union's public register have been released.
The names of the European Commission (the governing body of the EU), the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice remain the same, but the Council of the European Union replaces the Council of Ministers.
In the period from January 1 to 30 June 2019, Romania will preside over the Council of the European Union, which will be its first chairmanship since the country became a full member of the European Union.
At an official ceremony in Bucharest on occasion of the start of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani voiced hopes that Bulgaria and Romania would join the Schengen Area during the Romanian EU Presidency, reported the Bulgarian National Radio.A
Frankfurt am Main: The Governing Council adopted Recommendation ECB/2017/42 to the Council of the European Union on the external auditors of the European Central Bank.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki met Evangelos Venizelos, Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Council of the European Union in Brussels on 22 July.

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