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(p. 138) 10. The European Council and the Council of the European Union 

(p. 138) 10. The European Council and the Council of the European Union
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(p. 138) 10. The European Council and the Council of the European Union
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Jeffrey Lewis

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198708933.003.0010
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date: 25 May 2019

This chapter provides an overview of the elements that make up the European Council and the Council of the European Union, including the strategic, executive-like authority of the European Council; the formal legislative role of the national ministers who meet in the policy-specific formations of the Council of the EU; and the preparatory and expert working committees involved in day-to-day negotiations. The chapter begins with a discussion of the Council system's evolving hierarchy and enigmatic traits, the layers of the Council system, and how the Council system works. It also looks at the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and goes on to examine the supporting roles provided by a shared, rotating presidency and the Council system's own bureaucracy, the General Secretariat of the Council.

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