Brussels Daily
17 Dec 2015


Brussels Daily

Agenda highlights – European Council, 17-18/12/2015

President Tusk set out the main items the European Council is expected to address during the meeting on 17-18 December 2015.

Fight against terrorism

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the EU must step up even more its action against terrorism. The European Council will discuss further action in terms of:

  • exchange of information and terrorism financing
  • control at the external borders
  • conditions leading to terrorism, the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism
  • counter terrorism cooperation with third countries


The European Council will take stock of the implementation of its decisions taken in response to the migration and refugee crisis and agree further orientations. Leaders are expected to focus on:

  • the operation of hotspots and the implementation of the relocation decisions and returns
  • the protection of the EU’s external borders
  • cooperation with countries of origin and transit

The timeline outlines the main measures taken by the EU, together with the member states, over the last few months, to address the challenges created by migration.

See also the relevant policy page on our website:

Economic and Monetary Union

EU leaders will discuss the Presidents’ report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

Single market

Further to the Commission communication “Upgrading the single market: more opportunities for people and business”, the European Council will address the completion of the European single market in all its dimensions.

This includes also the energy union with a forward-looking climate policy, the digital single market and the capital markets union.

Referendum in the UK

In November Prime Minister Cameron set out the four areas where he is seeking reforms to address the concerns of the British people over UK membership of the European Union.

The December European Council will discuss the state of play and address some of the remaining political issues before a concrete proposal can be adopted in February.

The European Council will finish by adopting conclusions on Syria. The proposal to roll over sanctions on Russia for another 6 months will be on the agenda of the Coreper on Friday 18 December.


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