Stenbock House, 13 December 2018 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will participate in the meeting for heads of state and government of the European Union Member States, or the European Council, held today and tomorrow in Brussels. The topics under discussion will be the long-term EU budget, the single market, migration, and external relations. Leaders of the 27 Member States will also discuss the United Kingdom exiting the European Union and participate at the Euro Summit.
“The Council discussions will contain many topics of importance to us. Substantive discussions on the next long-term budget of the European Union will reveal the views on our common future. The priority of Estonia is a more unified and stronger Europe that would provide more opportunities for our citizens and entrepreneurs,” the prime minister said. “We will also discuss future actions regarding the United Kingdom exiting the European Union. I do hope that the Council will clarify the plans of the Brits as well. If not, we will have to consider all possible scenarios,” Ratas said.
Leaders of the EU Member States will begin the European Council with a discussion on the next long-term budget for 2021–2027. This is the first time after the European Commission issued their proposals in the spring of this year when heads of states and governments will express their opinions on the next long-term budget.
At a dinner dedicated to issues of foreign affairs, leaders of Member States will discuss extending the restrictive measures for Russia in relation with performing the Minsk agreement and the aggression on the Sea of Azov. They will also speak of the preparations for the summit on 24–25 February with the Arab League.
After that, the leaders of the 27 Member States of the EU will discuss issues of the United Kingdom exiting the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May will give an overview of the current state of leaving the EU before the discussion.
The Council will continue on Friday morning with a session on the single internal market, climate changes, migration, subjects related to disinformation, and fight against racism and xenophobia.
Heads of states and governments will also receive a joint report on the future of the EU from Citizens’ Consultations, containing a summarised report from each Member State on the situation in their country. The initiative to discuss the future of the EU with citizens came from French President Emmanuel Macron in January.
On Friday, a Euro Summit will be held for leaders of the 27 Member States to discuss reforming the economic and monetary union. The meeting will be attended by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, and Mário Centeno, Minister of Finance of Portugal and President of the Eurogroup.
The prime minister will return to Estonia on Friday evening.
Detailed information and schedule is available at https://www.consilium.europa.eu/et/meetings/european-council/2018/12/13-14/