The General Affairs Council is composed of European affairs ministers from all EU member states and meets once a month.
It is responsible for dossiers that affect several policy areas, such as EU enlargement, EU’s multiannual financial framework, cohesion policy and matters related to the EU’s institutional issues. It is also responsible for ensuring consistency in the work of all Council configurations and it coordinates preparation of European Council meetings.
The Plenary Sessions represent the culmination of the legislative work done in committees and in the political groups.
These sessions are where the Parliament formally sits to vote on EU legislation and adopt its position on political issues. The MEPs (the Members of the European Parliament) meet around once a month in Strasbourg for a four-day part session from Monday to Thursday. In addition to these twelve annual Strasbourg sessions, the Parliament may also meet in additional two-day plenary sessions in Brussels up to six times a year.
The agenda for the plenary sitting is published online. This agenda is deemed to be definitive only after the adoption by the Conference of Presidents (of political groups) – in principle each Thursday before the Strasbourg part-session.