Position paper “Transitional Arrangements in the Withdrawal Agreement”

The underpinning principles for the arrangements for the transition period are laid down in the European Council guidelines of 29 April and 15 December 2017 and they were further developed in the Council negotiating directives of 29 January 2018.
On this basis, this paper outlines in legal terms how such arrangements should be given effect in the
Withdrawal Agreement.
It should be noted that the detailed provisions relating to the financial settlement aspects of the transition will be covered under the Financial Provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement. In addition to the elements contained in the Joint report of 8 December 2017, the Financial Provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement should also cover the financing, during the transition period, of the relevant Common Foreign and Security Policy and Common Security and Defence Policy agencies or operations on the basis of the same contribution key as before the withdrawal date.