Two years ago, the Council of the European Union released a 40-minute EU documentary film titled The European Council:
From fireside chats to key decision-maker.
The film conjoins exclusive interviews with past and present insiders of the European Council and rare archival material. The film was part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties.
In the 1950s, when an embryonic European Union was taking shape, national leaders had to improvise every time they wanted to meet. But the need to respond to pressing events in Europe and in the rest of the world, as well as the determination of some, would gradually transform their informal chats into the decision-making centre that we know today. This documentary looks at the story of the European Council through the eyes of those who witnessed its impressive transformation.