What is the General Affairs Council?

The General Affairs Council is one of the configurations of the Council of the European Union. It is mainly drawn from the Europe ministers of member states. However member states can also chose to send more junior or senior figures. The body meets once a month.

Its main task is coordinating preparations for meetings of the European Council, made up of heads of state or government. It is responsible for EU enlargement and accession negotiations, the adoption of the EU budget, cohesion policy, matters relating to the EU’s institutional set-up and any dossier entrusted to it by the European Council. There has been speculation it may take on a prominent role in the Brexit negotiations.

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