Climate change and the EU’s long-term budget main topics in the European Council
The European Council will meet in Brussels on 12 and 13 December. EU leaders are expected to finalise their guidance on the EU’s long-term strategy on climate change. They will also discuss the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) based on a proposal prepared by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
This will be the first meeting chaired by Charles Michel since his election as President of the European Council. Finland will be represented by Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Focus on the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050
The European Council will finalise its guidance on the EU’s long-term strategy on climate change to be submitted to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in early 2020. EU leaders will focus on the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU has striven to move the process forward so that the European Council could reach a common understanding on an emissions reduction strategy that is as ambitious as possible.
Negotiations on the MFF to continue in the European Council
EU leaders will discuss the EU’s long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021–2027. The discussion will be based on a proposal prepared by Finland’s Presidency that would increase funding for the EU’s new priorities while also taking into account traditional policy areas. The Finnish Presidency has advanced the negotiations on the financial framework in its role as honest broker. The proposal is based on bilateral negotiations conducted with member states and on discussions at the General Affairs Council and in the European Council.
The President of the European Council took charge of the negotiations following the submission of the Presidency’s proposal on 5 December.
Implementation of the EU’s priorities during Finland’s Presidency also on the agenda
Prime Minister Marin will give an update on the implementation of previous conclusions of the European Council during Finland’s Presidency.
The European Council will also address topical external relations issues.
Separate meetings on deepening the Economic and Monetary Union and on Brexit
The Euro Summit will be held on 13 December in inclusive format to discuss the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union. The Special European Council (Art. 50) will also meet on 13 December, without the UK, to discuss preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.