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EuroComment has for 20 years published electronic briefing notes on every meeting of the European Council, the core of the European system of government.

From February 2020 these Briefing Notes retitled European Council Studies will be published by Leuven University Press.

The last publication by EuroComment on the December European Council, ECBN 2019/8 was published in mid February. The first publication by Leuven University Press, Pre-summit Briefing 2020/1 was published on February 19, 2020. If you subscribed to EuroComment in 2019 and your subscription does not expire until later in 2020 you should have received this first LUP publication. Please make sure that you have sent LUP your email address. Requests for publications should be directed to Leuven University Press.

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1. Pre-summit briefings (6 to 9 per annum depending on number of meetings)

Issued on the eve of each meeting of the European Council or the Euro Area Summit, these notes review and explain the agenda and predict the likely outcome.

2. Preliminary evaluations (6 to 9 per annum depending on number of meetings)

These notes of between 15,000 and 30,000 words apiece appear 3-6 weeks after each meeting of the heads of state and government and provide a comprehensive analysis of the discussion and its outcome. Based on oral and documentary sources which are not normally available, they provide a unique and authoritative insight into decision-making at the heart of the EU.

Peter Ludlow will continue to write the analyses of European Council meetings until he and the editorial board have found a suitable successor. Once his successor is in place, he will turn his attention to editing the archive volumes of his work and writing a monograph on the history of the European Council.

Editorial Board

A distinguished editorial board has been set up.

Nicholas Piers Ludlow, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (chairman)
Elise Muir, Professor and Director of Institute for European Law, KU Leuven
Andres Rödder, Professor of Contemporary History, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Beda Romano, EU correspondent of Il Sole 24 Ore
Mateusz Szczurek, Professor at Warsaw University, Senior EU economist, EBRD and Member of the European Fiscal Board
Jan Van der Harst, Professor of European Integration, University of Groningen
Steven Van Hecke, Professor of Government, KU Leuven
Laurent Warlouzet, Professor of European Integration History, Sorbonne University

EuroComment will continue the organisation and chairing of its two high level discussion groups, the European Strategy Forum and the Dialogue Group.