European Council, 19-20 March 2015

Publication Date 20/03/2015
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Heads of State and Government met on 19-20 March 2015 for a summit of the European Council. The agenda includes the following items:

+ Discussion on energy security and transparency in gas contracts across the European Union, followed by the endorsement of the European Commission's Communication setting out an Energy Union;

+ Agreement on the objectives of an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit;

+ Decision to align economic sanctions in the context of the conflict in Ukraine to the full implementation of the Minsk agreement;

+ Decision to address Russia's campaign of public disinformation on the conflict in Ukraine;

+ Discussion on the latest developments in Libya;

+ Discussion on the managing migration flows into the EU and the implementation of the actions previously agreed by the Council of the European Union;

+ Discussion on the economic situation in the European Union and the implementation of structural reforms by the Member States;

+ Endorsement of the priorities of the 2015 Annual Growth Survey, in the framework of the European Semester;

+ Update on the state of play regarding the proposed legal framework for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI);

+ Discussion on the state of play in the negotiations with the United States regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement;

The European Council began by paying tribute to the victims of a terrorist attach in Tunisia. Ahead of the meeting, a meeting of the Tripartite Social Summit was held. On the fringes of the European Council, a separate meeting by key political leaders was held to discuss the financial crisis in Greece.

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