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European Council, 17-18/12/2015 - Information for the media

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Raad, gepubliceerd op vrijdag 18 december 2015, 1:17.

In his invitation letter, President Donald Tusk set out the main items the European Council is expected to address during the meeting.

Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the European Council

Provisional agenda, European Council, 17-18 December 2015

Information for the media

Background brief

Indicative media programme

Information on late media accreditation

Press centre - European Council, 17-18/12/2015

Annotated draft agenda

Migration

In order to tackle the unprecedented flows of refugees in 2015, the EU has set out a comprehensive strategy and is fully engaged in solving the most pressing issues.

According to a report by the Luxembourg Presidency, implementation has been advancing rapidly in some areas, but significant gaps still remain.

Presidency report: Managing migration flows - state of play - implementing solutions and remaining gaps

On 17 December, the European Council took stock of the implementation of the decisions already taken and agreed on further orientations focusing on:

the operation of hotspots

the implementation of the relocation decisions and returns

the control of the EU's external borders

cooperation with countries of origin and transit

Conclusions on migration - European Council (17 December 2015)

migration crisis interactive map

Click on the image to access the interactive map (available in English and French only)

EU leaders also asked the Council to rapidly examine the European Commission's proposal of strengthening the EU's external borders released on 15 December.

Package of proposals by the European Commission aimed at securing Europe's external borders (European Commission - press release)

The timeline outlines the main measures taken by the EU, together with the member states, over the last few months, to address the challenges created by migration.

Timeline - finding solutions to migratory pressures

See also the relevant policy page on our website:

Finding solutions to migratory pressures

Referendum in the UK

In November Prime Minister Cameron set out the four areas where he is seeking reforms to address the concerns of the British people over UK membership of the European Union.

The European Council exchanged views on the UK plans for the referendum and agreed to find solutions in all the four areas at their February meeting.

Conclusions on UK - European Council (17 December 2015)

Letter by President Donald Tusk to the European Council on UK membership of the European Union

18 December: agenda highlights

Economic and Monetary Union

EU leaders will discuss the Presidents' report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

Single market

Further to the Commission communication "Upgrading the single market: more opportunities for people and business", the European Council will address the completion of the European single market in all its dimensions.

This includes also the energy union with a forward-looking climate policy, the digital single market and the capital markets union.

A deeper and fairer single market (European Commission - factsheet)

Digital single market for Europe

Energy union: secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for Europe

Capital markets union

Fight against terrorism

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the EU must step up even more its action against terrorism. The European Council will discuss further action in terms of:

exchange of information and terrorism financing

control at the external borders

conditions leading to terrorism, the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism

counter terrorism cooperation with third countries

Response to foreign terrorist fighters and recent terrorist attacks in Europe

The European Council will finish by adopting conclusions on Syria. The proposal to roll over sanctions on Russia for another 6 months will be on the agenda of the Coreper on Friday 18 December.

Programme

18/12/2015 09:00

Arrivals

09:00

Second working session on:

the Five Presidents' report on Economic and Monetary Union

the completion of the single market

energy and climate change

the fight against terrorism

Syria

Press conference by Presidents Tusk and Juncker and Prime Minister Bettel of Luxembourg

Topic(s):

Single market

Justice

Home Affairs

Foreign affairs & international relations

Institutional affairs

Economy & finance

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