EU Leaders’ Summit in Brussels


Devoted to a discussion on political consequences of Brexit!

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The European Council meeting will be mostly devoted to a discussion on the political consequences of the UK referendum. The leaders will also address other pressing issues: tackling the migratory crisis, deepening of the single market to boost growth and jobs, and enhancing the security of the EU by working more closely with NATO.

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Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the European Council

I have no doubt that due to the negative outcome of the UK referendum we will mostly need to devote our European Council to a discussion on its political consequences. It is my intention to ensure that we have sufficient space to debate both with Prime Minister Cameron, and then separately with the 27 Heads of State or Government.

At the same time, we will need to address the other planned issues on our agenda – tackling the migratory crisis, pushing ahead with the Single Market agenda to boost growth and jobs, and enhancing our security by working more closely with NATO. In fact, meeting these challenges is more important than ever.

Specifically, I intend to organise our proceedings next week in the following manner. On Tuesday, after a traditional exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, we will listen to brief presentations by the NATO Secretary General on EU/NATO cooperation, and by the EIB President on his initiative for the Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans. Finally, I will propose that we adopt all of our conclusions, which should be possible given the good preparatory work conducted in the Council.

We will then move to dinner, where Prime Minister Cameron will explain the situation in the UK after the referendum, followed by a first exchange of views. This will mark the end of our meeting on Tuesday.

On Wednesday the 27 Heads of State or Government will meet informally to discuss the political and practical implications of ‘Brexit’. First of all, we will discuss the so called ‘divorce process’ as described in Art. 50 of the Treaty. And secondly, we will start a discussion on the future of the European Union with 27 Member States.

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Background brief

The European Council will begin at 16.00 on Tuesday 28 June with an exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.


The first working session will devoted to all the non-UK referendum related items on the agenda.

The NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, will make a short presentation on EU/NATO cooperation, and the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, will present his initiative for the Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans. Leaders will then adopt all the conclusions on migration, jobs, growth and competitiveness as well as external relations.

Over dinner the heads of state or government will discuss the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom with Prime Minister Cameron.

On Wednesday the 27 heads of state or government will meet informally to discuss the political and practical implications of the UK vote to leave the EU and start a discussion on the future of the European Union with 27 member states.

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Principaux points de l’ordre du jour/Agenda highlights

Référendum au Royaume-Uni/Outcome of the UK referendum

The European Council will discuss the outcome of the UK referendum held on 23 June 2016. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Cameron will explain the situation in the UK after the vote, followed by a first exchange of views. On Wednesday, the 27 heads of state or government will meet informally to discuss the political and practical implications of the referendum results. They will also start a debate on the future of the European Union with 27 member states. [Timeline – a new settlement for the UK]

Le Conseil européen débattra du résultat du référendum du 23 juin 2016 sur l’appartenance du Royaume-Uni à l’UE. [Chronologie – un nouvel arrangement pour le Royaume-Uni dans l’UE]

Migrations/Migration

Leaders will address migration. In particular they will turn to situation in Central Mediterranean and cooperation with third countries of origin and transit. They will also take stock of the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement of 18 March 2016 and the closure of the Western Balkans route. – [1 – EU-Turkey statement, 18 March 2016] + [2 – Finding solutions to migratory pressures] + [3 – Commission communication on establishing a new partnership framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration]

Les dirigeants se pencheront sur la question des migrations. Ils examineront plus particulièrement la situation en Méditerranée centrale et la coopération avec les pays tiers d’origine et de transit. En outre, ils feront le point sur la mise en œuvre de la déclaration UE-Turquie du 18 mars 2016 et sur la fermeture de la route des Balkans occidentaux. – [1 – Déclaration UE-Turquie, 18 mars 2016] + [2 – Trouver des solutions aux pressions migratoires] + [3 – Commission communication on establishing a new partnership framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration]

Emplois, croissance et investissements/Jobs, growth and investment

Leaders will call for the deepening of the single market, with a focus on the digital agenda. They will also endorse the country-specific recommendations under the 2016 European Semester and assess the first results of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

Les dirigeants appelleront à l’approfondissement du marché unique, l’accent étant mis sur la stratégie numérique. Par ailleurs, il approuveront les recommandations par pays présentées dans le cadre du Semestre européen 2016 et évalueront les premiers résultats du Fonds européen pour les investissements stratégiques

Relations extérieures/External relations

The European Council will discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. [NATO summit, Warsaw, Poland, 8-9 July 2016]

Le Conseil européen débattra de la coopération entre l’UE et l’OTAN, dans la perspective du Sommet de l’OTAN qui se tiendra à Varsovie les 8 et 9 juillet 2016. La haute représente de l’Union Federica Mogherini présentera la stratégie globale de l’UE concernant les questions de politique étrangère et de sécurité. – [1 – Sommet de l’OTAN, Warsovie, Pologne, 8 et 9 juillet 2016] + [2 – Stratégie globale de l’UE concernant les questions de politique étrangère et de sécurité]

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