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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) responsible for defining the EU's general political direction and priorities. It is composed of an elected president (who serves a two-and-a-half-year term), the heads of government of the EU nations, and the president of 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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; the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also takes part in its work, and the government heads and Commission president may be assisted by government ministers and a Commission member, respectively, in specialized discussions. It meets at least twice every six months.

Meetings of the European Council have from its beginnings often emphasized political as well as economic cooperation among EU nations; for example, the impetus for the move to have the members of 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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 elected directly by universal suffrage came out of an agreement reached at the first meeting of the European Council in 1974. The council was given legal definition by the Single European Act (1987) and became an official instituion of the EU with the ratification (2009) of the Lisbon Treaty.

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Today the official EU summit starts in Brussels that will last for two days.
The EU summit has given the EU Commission one week to prepare proposals on tougher sanctions against Russia, European Commission President Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference after the EU summit in Brussels.
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BERLIN, Jumada I 18, 1435, Mar 19, 2014, SPA -- Germany's cabinet has approved EU plans for closer political cooperation with Ukraine, clearing the way for Chancellor Angela Merkel to sign part of a so-called association agreement at an EU summit later this week, Reuters reported.
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BRUSSELS (TAP) - An EU summit getting under way in Brussels is expected to focus on issues like jobs and growth.
Probably activity of today's trade will also be held back by the expectations of the EU summit results.
The EU Summit in June was hailed as a game changer and the big winner was the Spanish president Rajoy.
Also prior to the EU summit, European leaders appeared to be divided on how to tackle rising bond yields for Spain and Italy.
The Italian bond market rallied on Tuesday as optimism among investors grew in anticipation of further growth measures from European leaders following the EU summit last week.
dollar fell to the lower 79 yen range Thursday in Tokyo on domestic exporters' selling related to month-end settlements, but its fall was limited as players refrained from active trading ahead of the two-day EU summit starting later in the day.