European Council Conclusions

The European Council focused mainly on migration and internal security.

The following are some highlights of EUCO:

• A joint task force expected to be established at Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre to fight people smugglers
• Work with third countries on investigating, apprehending and prosecuting smugglers and traffickers to be intensified
• Europol and Eurojust to be provided with adequate resources to face new challenges posed by technological developments
• Fight against cyber threats will intensify
• First summit between EU28 and League of Arab States, hosted by Egypt planned for 24-25 February 2019
• Commission to publish Reflection Paper in 2018, paving the way for a comprehensive implementation strategy in 2019
• 4th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP24, to be held in Poland – 2 December 2018.

Meanwhile, in a DOI press release, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he would not speculate on whether the urgent Brexit November summit would take place but pointed out that a deal hadn’t been struck yet due to the sensitive issue of the Irish border.

Click here for the Council Conclusions.

The remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council meetings are available here.

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