President Juncker participates in the European Council (18-19 October 2017)

Today and tomorrow, EU Heads of State or Government are meeting in Brussels for the European Council which marks an important step on the Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union as put forward by President Juncker in his State of the Union addressto the European Parliament on 13 September. Leaders will discuss a number of priorities, including migration, where leaders will take stock of progress made under the EU’s comprehensive strategy on migration; the Digital Single Market, following on from discussions held during the informal Summit in Tallinn last month where leaders called for the swift completion of the DSM; defence and security; external relations with a focus on Turkey and North Korea; and the future of Europe. On Friday, the 27 EU leaders will discuss the state of play concerning Article 50 negotiations with the UK. Press conferences with Presidents Juncker and Tusk, and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas are scheduled for Thursday (at 19:00 CET) and Friday (12:00 CET) and will be available to follow live on EbS.