On Friday morning, leaders will have an informal breakfast to discuss the Leaders’ Agenda. This is a concrete work programme to guide EU action until June 2019. It was prepared by President Tusk in consultation with all the EU member states.
EU leaders will look at a number of the most pressing issues, including migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation.
The European Council will take stock of the measures taken to control illegal migration flows on all routes.
Leaders are expected to decide on any additional measures needed to support frontline member states, and to strengthen cooperation with UNHCR and IOM as well as with countries of origin and transit.
In addition, the European Council will call for progress on the reform of the common European asylum system.
The European Council will examine how the EU can seize the opportunities and address the challenges of digitalisation, building on the discussions at the Digital Summit of 29 September.
Leaders will also take stock of the implementation of the Digital single market.
Heads of state or government will resume discussions on the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) on defence. At the June European Council, leaders agreed on the need to launch PESCO.
In light of recent events, EU leaders will review specific foreign policy issues, including relations with Turkey.
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.