Pre-summit Briefing 2019/8

 December 12 and 13: the changing of the guard

The heads of state and government have a lot to discuss on 12 and 13 December.

  • At the European Council proper, they will address the Conference on the Future of Europe and Climate Change during the first session and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and sundry foreign policy and security questions of considerable importance over dinner.
  • In the Euro Summit on Friday morning, they will review the current economic situation, take stock of the work of the Euro Group on strengthening EMU and discuss the international role of the euro.
  • In an article 50 session, also on Friday, they will confirm arrangements for the ‘timely’ ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement with the UK and consider plans for the next phase of the negotiations after Brexit.
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