The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission.
Bellow, we offer the agenda of the topics that will be addressed at the meeting of December 12 and 13:
EU leaders will look at several issues, including climate change and the EU’s long-term budget. This will be the first EU summit chaired by Charles Michel since he was elected European Council President by EU leaders on 2 July 2019.
The European Council will finalise its guidance on the EUʼs long-term strategy on climate change to be submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in early 2020. EU leaders will focus on the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Long-term EU budget
EU heads of state or government will discuss the multiannual financial framework (MFF) — the EU’s long-term budget. The discussion will be based on a negotiation box with figures prepared by Finland’s presidency, as requested by the leaders in October.
The European Council may also address specific external relations issues in the light of developments on the international scene.
Economic and monetary union
On 13 December there will be a meeting of the Euro Summit (inclusive format). EU27 leaders will take stock of progress made on the implementation of the June 2019 Statement of the Euro Summit, including the:
- revision of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty
- budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness (BICC)
- technical work on the strengthening of the banking union
On 13 December, EU27 leaders will discuss Brexit and preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the withdrawal.