Brussels Daily
27 Jun 2018


Brussels Daily
 Preparatory documents
Background brief – European Council meetings on 28-29 June 2018

Agenda highlights

The European Council (Article 50), meeting in an EU 27 format, is expected to take stock of the progress made so far in the Brexit negotiations. The Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will update the EU27 heads of state or government on the state of play of the talks.

The leaders will focus on the following topics:

  • completion of work on withdrawal issues
  • issues related to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • discussions on the framework for the future relationship with the UK

The June European Council will focus on migration, security and defence, as well as economic and financial affairs. EU leaders will also address Brexit (in an EU 27 format) and eurozone (Euro Summit format).


Leaders are expected to discuss the internal and external dimensions of migration policy, including the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Economy and finance

EU leaders are expected to adopt conclusions on several issues recently debated under the Leaders’ Agenda, such as taxation, innovation and digital. The European Council will also endorse the country specific recommendations under the 2018 European Semester and discuss the future handling of the multi-annual financial framework (MFF), including a timeline. It is expected that leaders will also discuss trade.

Security and defence

In terms of security and defence, leaders are expected to discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in July and provide orientations for further work, in particular on permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). The European Council should also address military mobility, the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

In light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.


The European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the state of play of Brexit negotiations and adopt conclusions on progress made.

Euro summit

Finally, the Euro summit will in an inclusive format (EU27) discuss the reform of the economic and monetary union.

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