The European Council

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The European Council
Introduction
The European Council being a body of the European Union. Their duty is developing and implementing the general political guidelines of the European Union and can be considered as the primary political authority when it comes to and international affairs and leading us as a wider community. Like the common phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” neither was the council, it was brought about through several meetings dating back as far as 1961. The main reason for the formation of the European Council was to focus on significant challenges which the European Commission or the Council of Ministers had neither the power nor capacity to attend to.
The European Council is one of the seven institutes of the European Union (EU) these are: * The European Parliament, * The European Council, * The Council of the European Union(the Council of Ministers), * The European Commission, * The Court of Justice of the European Union, * The European Central Bank, * The Court of Auditors.
Not to be confused with the Council of Europe, the European Council works alongside the Council of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government and has twenty-seven EU Member states, the Prime Minister, Usually the president is head of both state and government but in some cases head of state doesn’t play a big role in politics and there would be a Prime Minister present, the president of the commission currently Jose Manuel Barroso, the foreign minister of each member state and is chaired by the now permanent president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. When the agenda so requires, the members of the European Council may decide each to be assisted by a minister, and, the President of the Commission by a member of the Commission.
The main reason for its development was that the wider European community felt…...

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