The EU at Illinois

Contact Lynne Rudasill

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306 International Studies Building

Champaign, IL 61820


Office Hours Spring 2013

Mondays, 3-5 p.m. - IAS Library

Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. - Center Office

EU Institutions

European Council

"The European Council shall provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development and shall define the general political guidelines thereof."--Article 4 of the Treaty on European Union

"The European Council brings together the heads of state or government of the European Union and the president of the Commission. It defines the general political guidelines of the European Union."-- European Council web page

The European Council (not to be confused with the Council of the European Union!) meets at least twice yearly (in practice, four times yearly, and sometimes more), usually in Brussels. Council meetings shape the direction of all EU activities and result in Presidency conclusions, published after each meeting.

Europa's European Council page : This official page provides an excellent overview of the activities of the European Council.

Definition of European Council (from the EUROPA glossary)