EU Summit: migration, trade and relations with Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

United Kingdom will inform the Council about Brexit, and the Netherlands - concerning a referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association
13:26, 20 October 2016

EU leaders will meet at a summit in Brussels on 20 and 21 October to discuss migration issues, trade and relations with the Russian Federation, including its role in Syria. It is reported by the press service of the European Union.

The head of the European Council Donald Tusk said that a lot has changed since the previous meeting of the Council in June.

The best way to prove the relevance of the European project is to deliver on the concrete issues which matter most to our citizens," he added.

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EU leaders will meet today, October 20, in the afternoon and continue the discussion tomorrow.

The debate will focus on protecting the external borders, tackling migratory flows along the Central Mediterranean route and maintaining and tightening control of the Eastern Mediterranean route. Leaders will exchange views on trade issues. They will assess the state of play of on-going free trade agreement negotiations with key partners.

"As for our trade policy, at the European Council we have a special responsibility regarding the agreement with Canada. There is still work to be done, but I hope we will find a way forward," said Donald Tusk.

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The European Council will hold a policy debate on Russia, including its role in Syria.

Leaders will take stock of the state-of-play regarding the Bratislava Roadmap.

Prime Minister May will provide a short update on Brexit and Prime Minister Rutte will brief the leaders on the situation in the Netherlands in the context of the Ukraine referendum. Finally, President Tusk will present new ideas on the working methods of the European Council.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will pay a visit to Brussels on October 20, where he will hold a series of meetings with the leadership of the European Union. He will also host a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Source: European Council

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