Informally based on the “summit meetings” in the early 1960’s, the European Council is responsible from defining and determining general direction and priorities of the European Union. In other words, the EC is a formal body of the EU which has a purpose to set and direct an overall strategy for the union itself rather than acting as a legislative organ. It does not negotiate or adopt laws. It is composed of the heads of the 28 member states alongside its president) and the President of the Commission.
The EC takes conclusions which include the general guidelines and directives for the future EU actions. Moreover, the EC takes its decisions by consensus if not an otherwise situation is stated in treaties. In some exceptional decisions, unanimity or a simple majority is required. This means that no single member of the council should be against the decisions or the decision is not taken.
Responsible Under Secretary General: Ali Berk İDİL
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