Council of the European Union



The Council of the European Union (“Council of Ministers” or “Council”) is the Union’s main decision-making body.

Its meetings are attended by Member State ministers, and it is thus the institution which represents the Member States.

The Council’s headquarters are in Brussels, but some of its meetings are held in Luxembourg or in the member state hosting the EU Presidency. Sessions of the Council are convened by the Presidency, which sets the agenda.

Each country of the European Union presides over the Council for six months, by rotation. These countries are then hosting the EU Presidency.

The Council, together with the European Parliament, acts in a legislative and budgetary capacity.

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