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General Affairs Council December 2016

Volume 618: debated on Monday 12 December 2016

The General Affairs Council (GAC) on Tuesday 13 December is expected to focus on:

Multiannual financial framework review/revision; enlargement and stabilisation and association process; preparation of the December European Council 15-16 December; inter-institutional agreement and legislative programming; and the European semester 2017.

Mid-term review of the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

The presidency will present an update on the mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework.

Preparation for the December European Council

There will be a discussion on the draft annotated agenda of the upcoming December European Council (DEC), which covers: migration, security (internal and external/defence) economic and social development (youth) and external relations, which will cover the EU/Ukraine association agreement.

Inter-institutional agreement on Better Law-Making

The presidency will provide information on the implementation of the inter-institutional agreement and seek approval of the draft joint declaration on inter-institutional priorities.

European semester 2017

The European semester is the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy co-ordination with member states. The presidency will present the autumn package of this year’s EU semester.

Enlargement package

The Foreign Office Minister of State will take part in the discussion on enlargement. The Council will agree a package of conclusions in response to the 9 November Commission communication on EU enlargement policy and country reports.