Agenda-setting in the European Council, December 2014 - June 2017

26-09-2017

The European Council plays an important role in European Union agenda-setting. Its task is to provide impetus and political direction to the European integration process. The Treaty of Lisbon has made the European Council an EU institution in legal terms, although its tasks remained virtually unchanged. It also introduced a permanent President. This study can be read as a follow-up to the ‘Analysis of Agenda Setting in the European Council, 2009-2014’, which examined the agenda of the institution during the Presidency of Herman Van Rompuy. The focus here is on the first mandate of the second President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, from December 2014 to June 2017.

The European Council plays an important role in European Union agenda-setting. Its task is to provide impetus and political direction to the European integration process. The Treaty of Lisbon has made the European Council an EU institution in legal terms, although its tasks remained virtually unchanged. It also introduced a permanent President. This study can be read as a follow-up to the ‘Analysis of Agenda Setting in the European Council, 2009-2014’, which examined the agenda of the institution during the Presidency of Herman Van Rompuy. The focus here is on the first mandate of the second President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, from December 2014 to June 2017.

External author

This study has been written by Dr Petya Alexandrova Petrova of the University of Oxford at the request of the European Council Oversight Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) of the General Secretariat of the European Parliament.