INFORMAL HEADS OF STATE WILL DEBATE MFF AFTER 2020, BRUSSELS – 23 FEBRUARY

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23 Feb 2018

INFORMAL HEADS OF STATE WILL DEBATE MFF AFTER 2020, BRUSSELS – 23 FEBRUARY

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On Friday 23 February, the 27 EU Heads of State or Government will meet in Brussels from 11.00 hours for an informal summit. The meeting takes place under the Leaders’ Agenda and as the issues debated will only come into effect after Brexit, the meeting will be held in an EU27 format (without the UK).  It will start at 12.00 with an exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.  The heads of state or government will start by discussing institutional issues with a view to the next institutional cycle beginning with the European Parliament elections in 2019. The focus will be on high-level appointments, including the so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten/-kandidatinnen’, and the European Parliament’s composition after the 2019 elections.  The leaders will also debate the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020, i.e. the EU’s long term budget. In particular, they are expected to address the overall level of expenditure in the next MFF, what the political priorities should be and what timeline could be foreseen for the negotiations.

As the meeting is informal and held under the Leaders’ Agenda there will be no written conclusions. A final press conference will be held by Presidents Tusk and Juncker around 18.00. National press briefings are expected to take place around the same time.

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About the Leaders’ Agenda

The Leaders Agenda provides an overview of the main issues that the President of the European Council intends to put on the agenda of the Leaders between now and June 2019.

Some issues will be discussed in formal European Council meetings, while others will be addressed in an informal format, at 27 or 28, depending on the substance.

The agenda includes ongoing work strands, as well as issues that require discussions aimed at resolving deadlocks or finding solutions to key political dossiers.

Agenda highlights

EU leaders will meet informally in Brussels to discuss institutional issues, including:

  • the European Parliament’s composition after the 2019 elections and possible transnational lists
  • how the EU appoints top positions, including the so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’

The heads of state or government will also debate on the political priorities of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020, i.e. the EU’s long term budget.

The meeting takes place under the Leader’s Agenda. As the discussions are future-oriented, the meeting will be held in an EU27 format.

About the Leaders’ Agenda

The Leaders Agenda provides an overview of the main issues that the President of the European Council intends to put on the agenda of the Leaders between now and June 2019.

Some issues will be discussed in formal European Council meetings, while others will be addressed in an informal format, at 27 or 28, depending on the substance.

The agenda includes ongoing work strands, as well as issues that require discussions aimed at resolving deadlocks or finding solutions to key political dossiers.

Ahead of the Informal Leaders’ meeting on 23 February 2018, the European Commission presented various options – and their financial consequences – for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020.

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