The Council of State , is the supreme consultative council of the Spanish Government. The current Council of State was established in 1980 according to the article 107 of the Constitution of 1978. The institution of the Council of State, understood as supreme consultative council of the Government, has existed intermittently since 1812. During the Ancien Régime, the Council of State advised the king about international policy.
It was established by Charles I and although it dealt primarily with international issues, its actual functions were ambiguous as its supreme goal was advising the monarch about the State in general. It has a great influence during the reigns of Charles I and Philip II and later during the regency of Mariana of Austria . The reforms of Philip V emptied its actual power, although Manuel de Godoy wished to revive it in 1792. It was definitively abolished in 1834.
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