European Council, 14 and 15 December 2017

Event date: 07/12/2017

The EU Heads of state or government of the Member States meet in Brussels on 14 and 15 December 2017 and  look at a number of the most pressing issues, including defence, migration, foreign affairs, social issues, education and culture.


EU Leaders are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). On 13 November, 23 Member States notified their intention to join PESCO to enhance defence cooperation.They will also review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation. The European Council will adopt conclusions on social issues as well as on education and culture. Under the Leaders' Agenda, leaders will hold a debate on the way forward on migration policy, including both the internal and external dimensions. Leaders will reassess the state of progress in the Brexit negotiations to determine whether sufficient progress has been achieved on three specific issues: citizens' rights, Ireland and financial obligations

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MEPs debate the outcome of the meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. The summit focused on the Brexit negotiations, migration, defence cooperation and eurozone reform.

MEPs debate defence, social policies, education, migration, and the Brexit negotiations with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier