European Council, 12-13 December 2019

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A summit of the European Council was held on 12-13 December 2019. This was the first meeting chaired by Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The agenda includes the following items:

A Euro Summit was held on 13 December, including all EU Member States. National leaders were updated on the implementation of an earlier Euro Summit statement, which requested progress on the revision of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty, the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness (BICC), and technical work on the strengthening of the banking union. On the same day, a meeting of the European Council in its Art. 50 format was also held to discuss Brexit and preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the latter's withdrawal. National leaders welcomed the European Commission's decision to reappoint Michel Barnier as head of the negotiations.

The United Kingdom decided not to attend this European Council summit. The country's interests were represented by the President of the European Council.

A debate on the conclusions of this meeting was held by the European Parliament's plenary session on 18 December.

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EurActiv, 12/12/2019: EU summit: Even without Britain, EU leaders unlikely to take big decisions
EPRS: Briefing, December 2019: Outcome of the meetings of EU leaders, 12-13 December 2019

Politico, 11/12/2019: Charles Michel to represent UK at EU summit
The Brussels Times, 11/12/2019: Boris Johnson to be represented by Charles Michel at the EU Summit
Total Croatia News, 13/12/2019: Croatia Tasked with Defining European Council's Position for Conference on Future of Europe

European Council: Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their meetings on 12 and 13 December 2019
European Council: Press Release, 12/12/2019: Doorstep remarks by President Charles Michel before the European Council meetings
European Council conclusions, 12 December 2019
European Council: Press Release, 13/12/2019: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the European Council meeting on 12 December 2019
European Council: Press Release, 13/12/2019: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the European Council meetings on 13 December 2019
Statement of the Euro Summit, 13 December 2019
European Council (Art.50) conclusions, 13 December 2019
European Parliament: Press Release, 18/12/2019: MEPs welcome EU summit climate goals but criticise lack of budget ambition

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