The European Council brings together the leaders of the EU member states to define the EU’s political priorities. It represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries.
It is one of the 7 official EU institutions. It takes the form of summits, usually quarterly, bringing together the leaders of the EU countries. It is under the direction of a permanent president
Through the Heads of State or Government of their respective states, the ORs regularly invite this institution to take into account their interests, as reflected by the recent Declaration of the Presidents of the Conference of Presidents of ORs on the multiannual financial framework post 2020.