18 Oct 2016
RESULTS GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL – 18 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Main results – results in full here
MFF mid-term review
The Council pursued its work on the mid-term review of the EU’s budgetary framework for 2014-2020. Ministers discussed the tools proposed by the Commission and reflected about the right balance between predictability and flexibility in the budgetary framework. They also exchanged views on whether budgetary prudence is compatible with new solutions to accommodate new needs. The Council will revert to this file in November.
Preparation of the October European Council
The Council finalised preparations of the October European Council by examining draft conclusions. At their meeting on 20-21 October EU leaders will focus on three subjects: migration, trade and Russia. With regard to migration the European Council will take stock of the measures taken to reduce migratory flows across the Central Mediterranean route and of the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement to support the countries of the Western Balkans route. On trade, EU leaders will discuss how to ensure that the EU trade policy reaps the benefits of open markets while addressing the concerns of the citizens. On Russia, the European Council will hold a comprehensive discussion on the relations that the EU has with this country.
Interinstitutional agreement on better law-making
The Council took stock of the progress in the implementation of the interinstitutional agreement on better law-making. In line with this agreement the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission will agree common top priorities for 2017 before the end of this year. This will allow them to work more closely together to tackle the big challenges which lie ahead.