Meeting of General Affairs Council (GAC)
The General Affairs Council (GAC) deals with issues which cut across multiple European policy areas, such as enlargement, preparation of the Union's multi-annual budgetary perspective, and institutional and administrative issues. The GAC also coordinates the preparation and follow-up of meetings of the European Council. Member States are represented by Ministers with responsibility for Foreign Affairs or Ministers with responsibility for European Affairs. The GAC meets once a month, and is chaired by the rotating Presidency (i.e. Ireland for the first half of 2013).