EU leaders set to continue talks on top EU posts on June 30

Yesterday, the European Council adopted the EU’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. Leaders also focused on climate, disinformation, the long-term EU budget and external relations, including Russia and Turkey.

On the appointments for the EU’s top jobs, they decided to continue their talks at another meeting planned for June 30. Climate Change, Brexit and lessons learnt from the 2019 EU elections on disinformation also formed part of their discussions. The European Council also welcomed the work done under the Romanian Presidency and took note of the various elements of the MFF package. It called on Finland’s Presidency to pursue the work and to develop the Negotiating Box. On that basis the European Council will hold an exchange of views in October 2019, aiming for an agreement before the end of the year.

On the 2050 carbon-neutral target, the majority of states, including Malta, agreed to the target. However, there was no full consensus from all states.

Leaders also discussed Turkey’s illegal actions towards Cyprus and reiterated its support to seek the truth tied to the downing of flight MH17, which claimed 298 lives.

European Council conclusions – click here.

New Strategic Agenda – click here.

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