19 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COUNCIL 19-20 MARCHBrussels Daily
The European Council is expected to focus on:
At its meeting in June 2014, the European Council set energy and climate policies as one of the five priority areas to guide the EU’s work over the next five years. Leaders underlined particularly the need to lower dependency on fuel and gas imports and to build affordable, secure and sustainable energy within the EU.
At their upcoming meeting on 19-20 March 2015, EU leaders will set out further orientations in view of building an Energy Union based on the work done by the Commission and in various Council configurations. They are likely to focus on three dimensions:
- enhancing energy security
- completing the EU internal energy market
- pursuing efforts for more renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency
Heads of state or government will have an exchange of views on the economic situation and conclude the first phase of the European Semester for 2015. They will also provide guidance to member states for the preparation of their national reforms and stability or convergence programmes.
European semester / growth and jobs
They are also likely to take note of progress on the European Fund for Strategic Investments and the state of play in the negotiations with the US on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
EU leaders are expected to provide guidance on the objectives of the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. The European Council is also expected to discuss relations with Russia and the situation in Ukraine, in particular the implementation of the Minsk Agreement, and agree on possible further steps. The difficult situation in Libya, and its implications for the security of the European Union will also be on the agenda of the meeting.