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Council
Advocacy Toolbox

This toolbox gives access to online tools to help advocates access essential information on EU decision-making and influencing efficiently.

Access to document requests - AskTheEU.org

Consult the outcome of requests for access to documents of EU institutions under Regulation 2001/1049 or file your own request. AskTheEU.org is a civil society open source platform. Requests can also be filed via the website of the institution holding the documents.

Access documents, Map interest groups

Council meeting calendar

Calendar of meetings of the Council and its preparatory bodies. Filter by Council configuration to access relevant meetings.

Track decision-making, Access documents

EU Agenda: How EU priorities are set

Short explanation & infographic setting out: (1) how the EU's long-term priorities are set at the start of the 5-yearly institutional cycle through the adoption of the European Council's Strategic Agenda and the Commission's Political Guidelines. (2) how these long-term priorities translate into the annual work programme of the Commission.

Know rules & processes

EUR-Lex

Register of EU law, EU case law and parliamentary questions. Includes a feature to search by EU lawmaking procedures. Also includes a register of national law and case law of Member states.

Access documents, Know rules & processes, Track decision-making

European Council Strategic Agenda 2019-2024

Overall policy framework of the European Council for the 2019-2024 institutional cycle. It focuses on four main priorities: protecting citizens and freedoms; developing a strong and vibrant economic base; building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe; promoting European interests and values on the global stage.

Understand policies & issues

Implementing & delegated acts - Procedure

Understand the decision-making process for secondary legislation.

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National transposition of EU directives

Find measures adopted by EU Member States at national or regional level to transpose EU directives into national law.

Access documents, Track decision-making, Understand policies & issues

Presidency of the Council 2022/H1 - France

Access the Presidency programme, calendar of events and news of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

Presidency of the Council 2023/H2 - Spain

Access the Presidency programme, calendar of events and news of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

Register of Commission Expert Groups

Register of groups advising the Commission for the preparation and implementation of legislation and policies, and of other consultative entities managed by the Commission.

Map interest groups, Provide input

Trio Presidency Programme 2023-2024 (ES-BE-HU)

Programme of the Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU (Spain-Belgium-Hungary, July 2023 - December 2024)

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making

Council document register

Access documents of the Council of the EU and European Council that have been made public or request access: legislative documents, meeting documents (agendas, minutes, conclusions, votes, outcomes), press releases.

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Council preparatory bodies

Identify working parties and committees preparing decisions of Ministers

Identify decision-makers

EU Agenda: Joint declaration of the EP, Council and Commission on legislative priorities for 2023-2024

Statement of the President of the EP, the President of the Council of the EU and the President of the Commission adopted in December 2022 and setting out common legislative priorities. Also includes a list of common policy priorities.

Track decision-making, Understand policies & issues

Europe Elects: European Council tracker

Tracks the political affiliation of the members of the European Council over time.

Understand policies & issues, Identify decision-makers

European Ombudsman

Independent and impartial non-judicial body that holds the EU’s institutions and agencies to account. File a complaint to report maladministration by an institution. Read the reports of the Ombudsman's proactive investigations on systemic issues.

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Implementing & delegated acts - Register

Access to the various steps in the preparation, adoption, scrutiny and publication of secondary legislation. Calendar of meetings of expert groups advising the Commission on Delegated Acts.

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Permanent Representations of Member States

Identify representatives of Member States in the Council and its preparatory bodies. Level of transparency varies for each Member State.

Identify decision-makers

Presidency of the Council 2022/H2 - Czech Republic

Access the Presidency programme, calendar of events and news of the Cezch Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

Presidency of the Council 2023/H2 - Spain: calendar of meetings

Calendar of meetings under the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU (1 July - 31 December 2023)

Track decision-making

Transparency Register

What interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets? See also lobbyfacts.eu and www.integritywatch.eu

Map interest groups

Council live

Watch public deliberations and press conferences of the Council.

Track decision-making

Council voting system & calculator

Understand the Council voting sytem and map Member States' positions

Prepare for a vote, Know rules & processes

EU Whoiswho

Official directory of the EU

Identify decision-makers

Europe Elects: calendar of elections

Calendar of elections at EU, national and regional level across Europe from 2023 to 2029.

Know rules & processes, Track decision-making, Prepare for a vote

Guide to drafting EU legislation

Understand the different parts of EU legislative acts and the principles that guide their drafting and amending.

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Implementing acts - Comitology Register

Comitology procedures give Member States a say in implementing acts. The register contains a list of all comitology committees and documents that enable you to trace the different stages of an implementing act throughout its entire lifecycle. For delegated acts, see the Register of Commission Expert Groups.

Track decision-making, Know rules & processes, Access documents

Presidencies of the Council

List of presidencies of the Council of the EU until 2030.

Identify decision-makers

Presidency of the Council 2023/H1 - Sweden

Access the Presidency programme, calendar of events and news of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making, Access documents

Presidency of the Council 2024/H1 - Belgium

Access the Presidency programme, calendar of events and news of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making

Trio Presidency Programme 2022-2023 (FR-CZ-SE)

Programme of the Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU (France-Czech Republic-Sweden, January 2022-June 2023)

Understand policies & issues, Track decision-making

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