The EPRS publication “European Council Conclusions: Rolling Check-List of Commitment to Date” monitors the degree of progress in achieving the goals and guidelines set by the European Council in its conclusions. This second edition was updated and reviewed to give an overview of the conclusions and commitments from 2010 onwards. It is a compendium designed to assist the European Parliament in exercising its oversight role. It will be updated four times per year.
Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has been monitoring and analysing the delivery of the European Council in respect of the commitments made in the conclusions of its meetings, as well as its various responsibilities either in law or on the basis of intergovernmental agreements.
European Council meetings bring together the Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States and are chaired by the permanent European Council President. Since 1 December, this is Donald Tusk. The Commission President is a non-voting member of the European Council and the High Representative also takes part in its work. The European Council’s role, to “provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development” and to define its “general political directions and priorities”, has developed rapidly over the past five years, since the Lisbon Treaty. Hence the need for more detailed scrutiny and oversight of this European Union institution.