The European council is an official institution of the European Union (EU) and consist of Heads of State or Government of the Member States in EU, along with the council’s own President and the President of the Commission. The High Representatives of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also take part in its meetings.
The European Council has no formal legislative power; its main function is strategic – to provide the Union with general political directions and priorities and acts as a collective presidency.
The European Commission remains the initiator of legislation, but the European Council is able to provide an impetus to guide legislative policy.
Since the European council is composed of national leaders, it gathers the executive power of the Member states and has thus a great influence in high profile policy areas as for example foreign policy. It also has power to appoint its own President, the High Representatives of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the President of the European Central Bank. Also can propose, to the European Parliament, a candidate for President of the European Commission.
The citizens can influence the strategies of the European Council in national level by voting in the presidential and national parliamentary elections. That way they chose also their Head of State or Government in the European council- the highest-level policymaking body in the EU. The citizens can as well present to their Government their position of major political issues.
http://www.horizonti.eu/europe-direct/files/Brochure_NGO_EU.pdf (in Bulgarian)