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General Affairs Council discussed enlargement and prepared for the European Council

EU2019FI 15.10.2019 18.52
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Michael Roth and Tytti Tuppurainen
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The General Affairs Council met in Luxembourg on 15 October. The meeting was chaired by Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen. Ministers discussed the conditions for EU convergence in Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The discussion on enlargement and on the stabilisation and association process was a follow-up on the Council conclusions adopted at the June General Affairs Council where the Council took note of the Commission’s recommendation to open accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia. The Council will revert to the issue after the European Council.

Ministers prepared for the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October 2019 by discussing draft conclusions. The European Council will discuss a number of important issues, including the EU’s next multiannual financial framework, the Strategic Agenda 2019–2024 and climate change.

In EU27 format, the General Affairs Council (Article 50) prepared the European Council (Article 50) meeting on 17 October focusing on the state of play of Brexit.

The ministers today have shown their unity in what could, hopefully, be the last stretch of these very long negotiations. The EU is still committed to finding an orderly solution to Brexit. Time is of the essence.

– Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs of Finland

Presidency debriefed ministers on the transparency seminar

Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen presented the results of the seminar on the future of EU transparency, which the Finnish Presidency organised in Brussels on 24 September. This item was taken in public discussion, and there is video recording available.

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union aims to make the Council’s working methods more transparent.

Finland is dedicated to promoting transparency in EU decision-making throughout its Presidency. More openness can bring the EU closer to its citizens. It will strengthen our democratic processes and help combat disinformation.

– Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs of Finland

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