General Affairs Council evaluated rule of law dialogue
The General Affairs Council met in Brussels on 19 November to discuss the multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027, preparations for the European Council meeting in December, enhancing respect for the rule of law and EU enlargement. The Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen chaired the meeting.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union informed the ministers on progress in the work on the multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027. Finland is taking forward the MFF negotiations during its Presidency in accordance with guidance from the European Council. In its October 2019 Conclusions, the European Council called on the Finnish Presidency to submit a negotiating box with figures ahead of the European Council meeting in December.
The ministers examined an annotated draft agenda for the European Council meeting to be held on 12–13 December. The main topics of the December European Council will be climate change and the multiannual financial framework.
Enhancing the rule of law dialogue
The ministers exchanged views on enhancing respect for the rule of law with Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. They also discussed reforming the process of evaluating the Council’s annual rule of law dialogue. The Presidency issued conclusions that aim to replace the current format of the rule of law dialogue with a more general annual debate on the state of rule of law within the EU.
The Council also took stock of the situation on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process following the October European Council.