Informal European Council, 9 May 2019

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An informal summit of heads of state or government of the European Union was held in Sibiu (Romania) on 9 May 2019 to discuss the future of the Union.

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The European Council discussed the European Union's strategic agenda for period 2019-2024, which was an opportunity to exchange views on the challenges and priorities for the EU in the forthcoming years. The debate was based on the Leaders' Agenda prepared by the President of the European Council and were divided in two parts - external and internal dimensions. Leaders at the meeting also decided to meet later in the month discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the heads of the institutions of the European Union.

The European Council also adopted the Sibiu Declaration on the future of the European Union.

Cyprus also informed the European Council on the latest developments regarding Turkey's drilling activities within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.

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Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to EU heads of state or government ahead of their informal meeting in Sibiu, 6 May 2019
Non paper on Climate for the future of Europe: Joint Statement by 8 EU Member States ahead of informal European Council in Sibiu
European Commission: Press Release, 07/05/2019: Strength in unity: EU leaders to look ahead to common future at Sibiu summit
Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the informal summit in Sibiu, 9 May 2019
The Sibiu Declaration, 9 May 2019

ESO Records
White Paper on the Future of Europe: Avenues for unity for the EU at 27, March 2017
Communication ‘Europe in May 2019: Preparing for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union in an increasingly uncertain world’

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