European Council, 22-23 March 2018

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Series Details 22-23.03.18
Publication Date 23/03/2018
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Formal and informal meetings of the European Council in 2018:

+ Informal meeting of the EU27 heads of state or government, 23 February 2018

Heads of State and Government met on 22-23 March 2018 for a summit of the European Council. The meeting focused on economic affairs. The agenda includes the following topics:

+ Adoption of conclusions on issues relevant for jobs, growth and competitiveness;

+ Discussion on trade issues;

+ Debate on taxation, focusing on the digital economy;

+ Adoption of conclusions on the Western Balkans and discussion on the relations with Turkey;

+ Briefing on the implementation of previous conclusions from the European Council;

The Art. 50 (EU27) format of the European Council reviewed the state of the Brexit negotiations, following the United Kingdom's EU withdrawal notification. It also adopted additional guidelines for the discussions.

The Eurozone Member States also met for a parallel Euro Summit to discuss the long-term development of the economic and monetary union, including proposals such as the creation of a fiscal capacity for the eurozone.

The European Parliament's plenary session held a debate on the outcome of this European Council summit on 18 April.

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EurActiv, 23.03.18: EU leaders postpone decision on trade amid wariness over US tariff exemption
EUObserver, 21.03.18: EU leaders set for 'stormy debate' on digital tax at summit
Reuters, 23.03.18: EU leaders call for U.S. tariff exemption to be made permanent
BBC News, 23.03.18: Brexit: What have EU leaders agreed?
EUObserver, 23.03.18: EU leaders roll over Brexit talks amid Trump and Russia fears
Euro Summit - 23 March 2018
European Council [Art. 50 - EU27 Format] - 23 March 2018
Reuters, 22.03.18: Euro zone leaders give new push to reforms of single currency area
European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council meetings
European Council: European Council (Art. 50) guidelines on the framework for the future EU-UK relationship
European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service: Briefing: Pre-European Council Briefing, March 2018: Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 22-23 March 2018
European Commission: Speech by President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament ahead of the European Council meeting of 22 and 23 March 2018
European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service: Briefing: Post-European Council Briefng, April 2018: Outcome of the EU leaders' meetings on 22 and 23 March 2018
European Council: Report by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on March European Council meetings
European Parliament: Press Release, 18.04.18: MEPs urge member states to reach agreement on tackling migration crises

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