European Council (EC) – Intermediate Committee
The EC, which represents all 28 Member States of the European Union (EU), defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities. The EC negotiates and adopts EU laws, coordinates Member States’ policies, develops the EU’s common foreign and security policy and concludes international agreements. The EC has no formal legislative power and takes decisions primarily by consensus. Currently, the EC’s discussion covers issues such as Brexit, the situation in Russia and counter-terrorism.