Council of the European Union

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Council of the European Union

Council of the European Union

Council of the European Union

The Council of Ministers of the European Union

Council of Ministers of the European Union

The European Council and The Council of the European Union: Shapers of a European Confederation

The Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union: the Challenge of Asylum and Immigration Athens, 8–9 November 2002, Offices of the Greek Ombudsman Conference Organised by the Greek Ombudsman the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, and the Greek Council for Refugees

Joint Statement of the Council and the Commission on the Functioning of the Network of Competition Authorities (10 December 2002) (Council of the European Union) (European Commission)


Part I The International Law of Tainted Money, 5 International Legal Sources IV—the European Union and the Council of Europe

DUCK, Hywel Ivor (1933 - 2009), Hon. Director-General, Council of the European Union, since 1998; Director of Fisheries, Secretariat General, Council of Ministers of European Communities, 1987–98

Germany v Council of the European Union, Final judgment, C-280/93, ECR I-04973, ILEC 043 (CJEU 1994), 5th October 1994, Court of Justice of the European Union [CJEU]; European Court of Justice [ECJ]; European Court of Justice (Grand Chamber)

Article 5 of the Lisbon Treaty and Tables of Equivalences (Council of the European Union) 2012/C 326/01

de BOISSIEU, Pierre (born 1945), Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, 2009–11 (Deputy Secretary-General, 1999–2009)

MIDDLETON, Timothy John (born 1953), Director in the Legal Service, Council of the European Union, since 2003

Regulation No 17 First Regulation implementing Articles [101 and 102] of the [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union] (Council of the European Union) 17/62/EEC, [1962] OJ 13/204

CROWE, Brian (Lee) (born 1938), Director General for External and Defence Affairs, Council of the European Union, 1994–2002

BERMAN, Paul Richard (born 1964), HM Diplomatic Service; Director, Legal Service, Council of the European Union, since 2012

Judicial enforceability of WTO law in the European Union. Annotation to Case C-149/96, Portugal V. Council


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The organ of the EU that is primarily concerned with the formulation of policy and (in conjunction with the European Commission and European Parliament) the adoption of Community legislation. The Council consists of one member of government of each of the member states of the Community (normally its foreign minister, but other ministers may attend instead for the consideration of specialized topics), and its presidency is held by each state in turn for periods of six months. The Council is serviced by a Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER). This consists of senior civil servants of each state and its primary function is to clarify national attitudes for the assistance of the Council in reaching its decisions. It also disposes on behalf of the Council of matters that are not controversial. Decisions of the Council are taken by a unanimous vote (see also veto) or, in most cases, by qualified majority voting ( qmv). Each member state has a number of votes approximately proportional to the size of its population, with a total of 345 votes; in qmv 255 votes are necessary to pass a measure. In addition, any country can require that the countries in favour must account for 62% or more of the total EU population. Compare European Council.

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