Concluding 2016: upcoming EU Summit




The 15-16 December EU Summit will focus on issues of migration, security and Brexit in a separate informal meeting.

The leaders will assess the situation on measures taken as a response to migrant crisis: the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement, progress on co-operation with selected African countries, and propose the guidelines for the further actions. The Valetta Action Plan and the migration compacts remain central elements in response to the migration flows; next to these measures the Common European Asylum System will be a subject to reform to serve the purpose on principles of responsibility and solidarity.

The European Council will reaffirm its commitment to the European Union Internal Security Strategy. It will also address the strengthening of EU cooperation on external security and defence. In particular, the heads of state or government will focus on the three priorities: the  EU Global Strategy for security and defence, the European Defence Action Plan, and the implementation of the common package of proposals as the result of the EU-NATO Joint Declaration signed in Warsaw in July 2016.

The external relations will be discussion will be covering the  situation in the Netherlands in the context of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

The conflict in Syria and position vis-à-vis Russian stance there will be the major issue for leaders to work out during the foreign affairs debate.

An informal meeting of the 27 leaders will be held in the margins of the December European Council. The objective is to set out how the Brexit process will be handled by the EU 27 once the UK has notified. (source Consilium).

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