European Council June 28, 2018

The European Council on June 28 adopted conclusions on: migration, security and defence, jobs, growth and competitiveness, innovation and digital, and on other issues.

Migration
The European Council called for further measures to stem illegal migration and prevent a return to the uncontrolled flows of 2015.

The European Council reconfirms that a precondition for a functioning EU policy relies on a comprehensive approach to migration which combines more effective control of the EU’s external borders, increased external action and the internal aspects, in line with our principles and values – European Council conclusions, June 28, 2018

Leaders agreed, that this is a challenge not only for a single member state, but for Europe as a whole.

Security and defence
EU leaders said that Europe must take greater responsibility for its own security. They agreed to take concrete steps to strengthen European defence by enhancing defence investment, capability development, and operational readiness. They had an exchange of views with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on EU-NATO cooperation.

Regarding the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO), EU leaders called for the  fulfilment of existing commitments and for further developing the initial projects. A next set of projects will be agreed in November 2018.

EU leaders also welcomed progress on military mobility in the framework of PESCO and EU-NATO cooperation. The European Council called on member states to simplify and standardise relevant rules and procedures by 2024.

Click here for the full European Council conclusions.

In a tweet early this morning following the late-night summit, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said: In the European Council conclusions, all EU Member States agree that vessels operating in the Mediterranean must respect the applicable laws and not obstruct operations of the Libyan Coastguard. Clear and unequivocal wording justifying Malta’s actions.

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