European Council, 13-14 December 2018

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A meeting of the European Council was held on 13-14 December 2018. The agenda includes the following items:

  • Exchange of views on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF);
  • Preparations for a summit with the League of Arab States in February 2019;
  • Update on the implementation of the Minsk agreements and decision on the restrictive measures against Russia;
  • Review of the state of play regarding a fully functioning Single Market;
  • Update on the implementation of the European Council's approach to migration, in accordance to previously adopted conclusions;
  • Update on the issue of disinformation;
  • Adoption of conclusions on the intention to provide a set of guidelines relating to a long-term climate strategy for the European Union;
  • Discussion on the reform and deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), in the framework of the Euro Summit held on 14 December, including the adoption of a mandate for work on a budgetary instrument for the Eurozone.

The EU27 leaders also held a special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) format to discuss the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). They reconfirmed the conclusions of the previous special meeting and underlined that a backstop was intended as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and ensure the integrity of the Single Market. There were also discussions on the preparations for a no-deal scenario.

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European Council (Art. 50) conclusions, 13 December 2018
European Council conclusions on the multiannual financial framework and on external relations, 13 December 2018
UK Government: Prime Minister's press statement at European Council, 14 December 2018
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Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council and Euro summit meetings on 14 December 2018
European Council conclusions, 13-14 December 2018
Statement of the Euro Summit, 14 December 2018

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