This institution is composed of the heads of state of all the 27 member states as well as the president of the Council. They meet to decide on the general political direction of the Union.
# european-council - Today’s News
Let’s face it – life is different in the summertime.
# european-council - Friday 13 June, 2014
The former prime minister of Luxembourg is part of a developing crisis that threatens to be one of the greatest faced by the European Union.
# european-council - Tuesday 20 May, 2014
Don’t know your EPP from your elbow? We’ve got you covered.
# european-council - Thursday 19 December, 2013
Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.
# european-council - Tuesday 19 November, 2013
The agreement brings to near conclusion a lengthy process of getting 28 member states to agree on its spending priorities for the coming years.
# european-council - Thursday 7 November, 2013
Enrico Letta will meet with Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin later.
# european-council - Sunday 3 November, 2013
# european-council - Thursday 31 October, 2013
The European Council report says that Ireland has improved, but needs to devolve more power to local authorities.
# european-council - Sunday 27 October, 2013
The Minister for European Affairs said the government would be holding them to their commitment if necessary.
# european-council - Friday 25 October, 2013
Enda Kenny was speaking at the end of the two-day European summit in Brussels today.
# european-council - Thursday 24 October, 2013
Who knew you could tap a battered old Nokia…
Enda Kenny has written a letter to the president of the European Council and other EU leaders. Read it in full here.
# european-council - Monday 23 September, 2013
The Jobs Minister was speaking after the German chancellor’s election win yesterday.
# european-council - Wednesday 10 July, 2013
The decision was confirmed by the European Council yesterday and will give the Baltic state six months to prepare for the changeover.
# european-council - Thursday 27 June, 2013
Enda Kenny and colleagues will also discuss signing off on individual budgetary recommendations for each member state.
# european-council - Tuesday 25 June, 2013
The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.
# european-council - Friday 21 June, 2013
Health ministers, chaired by James Reilly, have agreed a ban on menthol cigarettes – but won’t ban slim cigarettes for now.
# european-council - Monday 17 June, 2013
Eight heads of government, and two EU presidents make up the G8 leaders who are gathering in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow.
# european-council - Sunday 16 June, 2013
The European People’s Party, the biggest group in the European Parliament, is choosing its candidate in Dublin.
# european-council - Monday 3 June, 2013
A massive security effort is being organised ahead of the arrival of world leaders like Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron to Enniskillen later this month.
# european-council - Wednesday 22 May, 2013
The heads of the 27 EU member states have called for ‘rapid progress’ on plans to stop companies abusing international structures.
# european-council - Tuesday 16 April, 2013
An influential committee wants the elections two weeks earlier, giving more time for European Commission elections.
# european-council - Friday 15 March, 2013
The meeting of finance ministers will follow day two of a summit by EU leaders which will focus on the Syrian crisis.
# european-council - Tuesday 19 February, 2013
It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
# european-council - Wednesday 13 February, 2013
Tonio Borg wants 2,500 tests on beef products, and 1,500 on horsemeat products, to ascertain the extent of the labelling problem.
# european-council - Friday 8 February, 2013
The Taoiseach has welcomed a deal limiting EU spending between 2014 and 2020 to €960 billion.
The leaders of the four main groups say ‘non’ to the deal – making it virtually impossible for Ireland to steer it past MEPs.
The deal comes in spite of what were seen as key differences between France and the UK over the EU’s fiscal future.
Countries like Britain are insisting that the EU has to make the same drastic cuts that member nations are making in their own budgets.
# european-council - Thursday 7 February, 2013
European Council president Herman van Rompuy hasn’t yet found common ground on a seven-year EU Budget.
# european-council - Wednesday 6 February, 2013
Legislation granting a legal pardon to Irish deserters who fought for the Allies in World War II will be introduced today.
# european-council - Tuesday 15 January, 2013
Herman van Rompuy is canvassing member states to ask whether he should call another summit on the budget in February.
# european-council - Wednesday 9 January, 2013
The President of the European Council is in town to mark Ireland’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Here’s what he said.
# european-council - Tuesday 1 January, 2013
Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?
# european-council - Friday 14 December, 2012
The Taoiseach says discussions on the help Ireland can receive from the ESM can continue before a new banking supervisor is set up.
Ahead of Day 2 of a two-day summit, EU leaders say a deal on a new banking regulator is “a major qualitative step”.
# european-council - Thursday 13 December, 2012
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# european-council - Wednesday 28 November, 2012
Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.
# european-council - Friday 23 November, 2012
Angela Merkel is doubtful as to whether a deal can be reached as the leaders of the 27 EU members meet again today.
# european-council - Thursday 8 November, 2012
Enda Kenny meets with two heads of government and picks up his ‘European of the Year’ award today.