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(p. 257) 14. The European Council and the Council of the European Union (EU) 

(p. 257) 14. The European Council and the Council of the European Union (EU)
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(p. 257) 14. The European Council and the Council of the European Union (EU)
Author(s):

Simon Bulmer

, Owen Parker

, Ian Bache

, Stephen George

, and Charlotte Burns

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198820635.003.0014
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This chapter focuses on two European Union (EU) institutions that are principally composed of government representatives: the European Council and the Council of the EU. By virtue of their composition of government representatives (government heads, ministers, and civil servants), both the European Council and the Council of the EU remain part of a hierarchy of EU institutions. The chapter first provides an overview of definitions and distinctions, before discussing the intergovernmentalism of the European Council and how the Council of the European Union helped increase the supranationalism of the EU. It also considers the role of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and various preparatory committees.

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