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General Affairs Council: February 2017

Volume 621: debated on Monday 6 February 2017

The General Affairs Council (GAC) on 7 February will be held in Brussels under the Maltese presidency. The agenda will cover 1) follow up to the December European Council; 2) preparation for the March European Council; and 3) Commission communication on next steps for a sustainable European future.

Follow up to the December European Council

The presidency is likely to present an update on the implementation of the December 2016 European Council conclusions on migration, security (internal and external), economic and social development (youth), Cyprus and external relations (covering the EU/Ukraine association agreement and Syria).

Preparation for the March European Council

There will be a discussion on the agenda of the March European Council. The agenda includes: security; jobs and growth; external relations; and migration.

Commission communication on next steps for a sustainable European future

The Commission will present a communication on next steps for a sustainable European future and there will be an exchange of views. The communication sets out the EU’s commitment to deliver the 2030 agenda for sustainable development which was agreed at the 2015 UN General Assembly.

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