General Affairs Council discussed Presidency proposal for the EU’s multiannual financial framework
The General Affairs Council met in Brussels on Tuesday 10 December. Agenda highlights included the EU’s multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027, preparations for the December European Council and a hearing of Hungary as regards its compliance with the EU’s values. The meeting was chaired by Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen.
The Council held a policy debate on the multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027, based on a proposal the Finnish Presidency presented in the meeting.
The multiannual financial framework, along with climate change, will also be on the agenda of the European Council on 12 and 13 December. The General Affairs Council continued preparations for the European Council by discussing draft conclusions.
Council held a hearing of Hungary over compliance with the EU’s values
The Council held a second hearing as part of the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Hungary. The hearing of Hungary focused on three themes: academic freedom, freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary and of other institutions and the rights of judges. Ministers took stock of the situation as regards the rule of law in Poland.
Ministers also exchanged views on priorities for upcoming legislative work. Moreover, the incoming Croatia Presidency presented its 2020 European Semester roadmap.
Enhanced common action to counter hybrid threats
The Council adopted conclusions on complementary efforts to enhance resilience and counter hybrid threats. The conclusions define the next steps for EU cooperation in this area, for example through improved protection of critical infrastructure in the EU as well as cooperation on intelligence analysis and situational awareness. The conclusions also underline the importance of coherent cooperation between different policy sectors and actors to address multidimensional and evolving hybrid threats, calling for a whole of government and society approach to enhance the resilience of our societies.