The European Council, consisting of the EU's heads of state or government and the Commission President, and meeting at least twice a year. It is intended to have a strategic role in the EU (under Article 4 of the EU Treaty). See paragraphs 62-5.
The term used to describe the regular meetings of the Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States. Its objectives are to give the EU the impetus it needs in order to develop further and to define general policy guidelines.
A body formed when the heads of state or government of European Union (EU-- q.v.) member states meet. Held at least twice a year, these meetings determine the major guidelines for the EU's future development.