European Council

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 13:00 to Friday, October 20, 2017 - 22:00

Permanent Representatives Committee/Council European Council (19 and 20 October 2017)

- Annotated draft agenda

In accordance with Article 3(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the European Council, the President of the European Council, in close cooperation with the member of the European Council representing the Member State holding the six-monthly Presidency of the Council and with the President of the Commission, shall submit an annotated draft agenda to the General Affairs Council.

Delegations will find attached the annotated draft agenda submitted by the President of the European Council, setting out the main items the European Council is expected to address on the above mentioned meeting.

In the light of the final discussion to be held by the General Affairs Council within the five days preceding the European Council meeting, the President of the European Council shall draw up the provisional agenda.

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At the start of the meeting, the Member of the European Council representing the Member State holding the six-monthly Presidency of the Council will provide an overview of progress on the implementation of earlier European Council conclusions.


The European Council is expected to:

-  assess progress on the measures taken to stem illegal flows on all migration routes and consolidate the approach taken;

-  decide on additional measures by the EU and its Member States as required, in particular to support directly affected or involved Member States and to enhance cooperation with UNHCR and IOM, as well as with countries of origin and transit;

- call for further progress on the Common European Asylum System with a view to an agreement.


The European Council will look at how the EU can best meet the challenges and use the opportunities of the digital revolution, also in the light of a report by the Estonian Prime Minister on the Digital Summit held in Tallinn on 29 September and a stock-taking of the implementation of the Digital Single Market.


p.m. PESCO


In the light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.

p.m. Relations with Turkey

The EU27 will also dicuss progress on the Brexit Negotiations


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