Council of the EU

Who

28 ministers for the particular topic of discussion, one from each member state. If the law discussed deals with transportation for example, all 28 EU transportation ministers meet. Member states hold the presidency of the Council of Ministers for six months. Italy is presiding from July to December 2014, in January 2015, presidency will be assumed by Latvia and in July 2015, by Luxembourg. The scheme is known as the “presidency trio.”

What

Consultative assembly with law-voting power. Limited legislative initiative power. Budgetary power of the Union. Some control over foreign policy and macroeconomic coordination.

When

About a hundred meetings per year, depending on the needs.

Where

Justus Lipsius and Lex buildings  in Brussels; see below.

Homepage

www.consilium.europa.eu/

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