European Council to discuss long-term EU budget, EU Strategic Agenda and Brexit

EU2019FI 16.10.2019 11.39
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The European Council will meet on 17–18 October to discuss the EU’s multiannual financial framework, the priorities for the EU for 2019–2024 and the state of play on Brexit. Finland will present the progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Agenda during its Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The European Council will discuss the long-term EU budget based on the work of Finland’s Presidency. Prime Minister Antti Rinne is set to present a draft to serve as a basis for the discussion, including a proposal on the overall level of the financial framework, the level of funding for different policy areas and the conditionality of funding.

Progress made in EU priorities during Finland’s Presidency

The European Council will discuss a follow-up to the Strategic Agenda and the EU priorities for 2019–2024. Prime Minister Rinne will present a report on the work done during the Finnish Presidency to implement the Strategic Agenda.

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will present the priorities of the new Commission.

Focus also on climate policy and external relations

EU leaders will also examine the EU’s climate policy, following the UN Climate Change Summit and ahead of the Climate Change Conference in Santiago de Chile in December.

They are also set to discuss topical foreign policy issues, such as the situation in Turkey and Syria.

The European Council (Art. 50) will meet in EU27 format on 17 October to discuss the state of play regarding Brexit.

The President of the European Council is Donald Tusk.

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