BREXIT: EUROPEAN COUNCIL (ARTICLE 50) 22-23 MARCH

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BREXIT: EUROPEAN COUNCIL (ARTICLE 50) 22-23 MARCH
20 Mar 2018

BREXIT: EUROPEAN COUNCIL (ARTICLE 50) 22-23 MARCH

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Agenda highlights

The European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the state of the negotiations following the United Kingdom’s notification of its intention to leave the EU and adopt additional guidelines.

Preparatory documents

Agenda highlights

The spring European Council will focus on economic affairs. Heads of state or government will also look at a number of the other pressing issues, including taxation and foreign affairs. Finally, EU leaders will also discuss Brexit (in an EU 27 format) and eurozone (Euro Summit format).

Jobs, growth and competitiveness

EU leaders will adopt conclusions on several issues relevant for jobs, growth and competitiveness. These include:

  • progress made in delivering the Single Market strategy, the Digital Single Market strategy, the Capital Markets Union Action Plan and the Energy Union
  • priorities for the 2018 European Semester and endorsement of the Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area
  • social issues, notably implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the upcoming Commission proposal on a European Labour Authority

Heads of state or government are also expected to address trade issues.

Taxation

Under the Leaders’ Agenda, EU leaders will hold a debate on taxation, in particular in the digital economy.

External relations

The European Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on Western Balkans, ahead of the May summit in Sofia. In the light of events, the heads of state or government may address specific foreign policy issues.

Implementation of the conclusions

The Bulgarian Prime Minister, who represents the state currently holding the rotating presidency, will brief other leaders on the implementation of earlier European Council conclusions, including ongoing work on the reform of the Common European Asylum System.

Brexit

The European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the state of the negotiations following the United Kingdom’s notification of its intention to leave the EU and adopt additional guidelines.

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