News from the last European council...
Following the discussion at the December 2015 European Council on the UK plans for an (in/out) referendum, the European Council agreed to find mutually satisfactory solutions in four areas of concern at its February meeting:
- economic governance
- social benefits and free movement
On 2 February 2016, President Donald Tusk put forward a proposal for a new settlement addressing all these concerns. Negotiations at all levels are ongoing to find an agreement with all 28 member states.
Information for the media
See also the timeline of key events in the negotiation process aimed at putting together a new deal for the UK within the EU:
Timeline - a new settlement for the UK in the EU
On the migration and refugee crisis, the European Council will look at the implementation of the decisions already taken and prepare the ground for future decisions to be taken at its next meeting in March.
Discussions will focus on humanitarian assistance, external border management, the implementation of the EU-Turkey Action Plan and the operation of hotspots.
The timeline outlines the main measures taken by the EU, together with the member states, over the last few months.
Timeline - finding solutions to migratory pressures
See also the relevant policy page on our website:
Finding solutions to migratory pressures
The European Council should also endorse the recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area.
Annotated draft agenda, European Council, 18-19 February 2016