EU leaders are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). On 13 November, 23 member states notified their intention to join PESCO to enhance defence cooperation.
The Council will also review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation.
Social issues, education and culture
The European Council will adopt conclusions on social issues as well as on education and culture.
The conclusions will build on the discussions held in Gothenburg during the Leaders’ Agenda debate on culture and education and the Social Summit.
In the light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.
Under the Leaders’ Agenda, leaders will hold a debate on the way forward on migration policy, including both the internal and external dimensions.
The European Council (Article 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom’s notification of its intention to leave the EU.
Leaders will reassess the state of progress in the Brexit negotiations to determine whether sufficient progress has been achieved on three specific issues:
- citizens’ rights
- financial obligations
Leaders are expected to adopt the draft guidelines to move to the second phase of brexit negotiations. This follows the confirmation from Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, that sufficient progress has been made during the first phase of negotiations.
The Euro Summit will discuss the economic and monetary union (EMU) and banking union.
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